KANGAR: Padang Besar Hospital will commence construction later this year and is expected to begin operations in early 2020, says Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam.
He said the government approved construction of the hospital with an allocation of RM200 million. It will be located 5km from Padang Besar town and 3km from the health clinic there.
“… a final discussion was reached with the Public Works Department (PWD) and subsequently, the construction process will begin,” he told reporters at the launch of Block B of the Tuanku Fauziah Hospital here today.
The opening ceremony was performed by the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.
The seven-storey Block B with an area of 27,457 square metres was completed in September 2015 at a cost of RM193 million.
Subramaniam said the Padang Besar Hospital would be able to accommodate 108 beds, with 28 in the men’s ward, 28 in the women’s ward, 28 in the obstetric ward, 20 in the children’s ward and four in the Intensive Care Unit. There will be two operating theatres.
Padang Besar Hospital will focus on maternal and childcare facilities.
He also announced the construction of a health clinic with quarters in Kampung Gial here. It will commence construction later this year at a cost of RM23 million.