LABUAN: The Labuan health care staff quarters project costing RM27.51 million will commence this year and is scheduled for completion in 2023.

The project on an eight-acre (3.24 hectare) site in Membedai, Jalan Tanjung Teras, within the compound of the Labuan Health Department headquarters, provides a conducive residential environment for health care employees.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the government is concerned about the needs of frontliners for houses near their workplace.

The project comprises of four units of class D semi-detached houses, one block of five-storey apartment with 18 units (Block F), and one block of five-storey (Block G) with 16 units.

“The ministry is aware of the Labuan Health Department’s role in addressing health issues and its officers are committed to provide better and higher quality health care services to the people in line with its motto of ‘Merakyatkan Perkhidmatan Kesihatan di Labuan’,” he said at the ground breaking ceremony of the project in Membedai here today.

Adham is on a two-day working visit to Labuan, his first since his appointment on March 9.

During the visit to the Labuan emergency and trauma unit and haemodialysis centre at the Labuan Hospital, he approved the purchase of a new haemodialysis machine and an ultra sound machine for the hospital at a cost of RM70, 000 and RM90, 000 respectively.

Adham earlier attended a briefing on the COVID-19 District Risk Reduction Programme (DRRP) and the preparedness of the Labuan health care team in post Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) led by Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari.

Labuan recorded 17 cases of COVID-19 and there have been no new cases since June 6.