Health Ministry encounter setbacks in Bentong healthcare projects
BENTONG - The Health Ministry has encountered setbacks in two healthcare projects in Bentong, Pahang, with the construction of a hemodialysis centre at Klinik Kesihatan Chemomoi (KK Chemomoi) delayed and the Klinik Kesihatan Telemong project stalled at 30 per cent completion.
Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa revealed that the hemodialysis centre project was originally scheduled to be completed in September 2023 but had to sever ties with its initial contractor due to sluggish advancement.
"A new contractor has been appointed, with expectations now set on the hemodialysis center becoming operational in the forthcoming year.
"The facility will benefit around 29 patients in Bentong and Bera districts," she told a press conference during her visit at KK Chemomoi, today.
The Klinik Kesihatan Telemong project, which was originally slated for 60 per cent completion, is currently stalled at just 30 per cent.
Dr Zaliha said that urgent discussions have been prompted with contractors, who have offered assurances of expediting progress by bolstering the workforce.
"The project's initial timeline is now under revision, with concerted efforts aimed at ensuring its conclusion by the year's end," she added.
Meanwhile, Dr Zaliha announced that the Health Ministry will enhance medical services in KK Chemomoi by adding ambulance and X-ray services.
"This strategic move aims to enhance healthcare accessibility for the local community, positioning essential medical facilities closer to those in need," she said.
Dr Zaliha also revealed that 28 analogous healthcare initiatives spanning the nation are facing setbacks.
"The Public Works Department (JKR) is diligently overseeing these projects, with a clear message that contracts may be terminated if contractors fail to fulfill their commitments," she stressed.
Dr Zaliha stressed the critical importance of adhering to project schedules and ensuring timely delivery of services to communities.
She reassured the government's dedication to providing indispensable facilities for the welfare of its citizens.