Syazwani Hj Rosli
The handing over ceremony of the new National Isolation Centre (NIC) building in the Tutong District to the Ministry of Health (MoH) will be held soon. This was announced by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference at the Al-‘Afiah Hall of the ministry yesterday.
The establishment of the new NIC building was a response of the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to meet the needs of the MoH in treating and monitoring COVID-19 patients in the country.
The BND11,317,514 building consists of seven main blocks, five blocks to treat patients with clinical settings; and two blocks for administration and engineering. It is equipped with new medical equipment and has several facilities including 160 beds in isolation wards, six beds for intensive treatment, a pharmacy, treatment rooms, workshop equipment room, meeting rooms, genset room, counselling room, food preparation room, toilets and bathrooms, gowning and de-gowning rooms, ANTE room, sluice room, biohazard and household waste room, storage room for equipment cleaning, waiting area and a Surau.
On the role of the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (PMMPMHAMB) Hospital after the establishment of the NIC building, the minister said, “The PMMPMHAMB Hospital will still be used. Although the NIC building is complete, several technical details need to be attended to ensure its safety. We have to carry out clinical cleaning to prevent viruses or bacteria from producing or growing. This may take a few days more but Insya Allah, the handover will be conducted soon.”
The construction of the building, coordinated by the Ministry of Development and the MoH, commenced on March 27 by LCL Sdn Bhd as the appointed constructor. The building is constructed on an over 6,000 square metre site near the current NIC.