Sarawak Infectious Disease Research Centre expected to be ready by 2024

Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn
06/07/2022 08:31 PM

KOTA SAMARAHAN, July 6 (Bernama) -- Construction of the Sarawak Infectious Disease Research Centre here has started and the project is expected to be completed in 2024.

State Education, Innovation and Talent Development Minister, Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn said the RM200 million project, on a 16-hectare site next to the Sarawak Heart Centre, included a sum of RM4 million for preparing the site alone.

“This also involves providing a safe area and a large field for a field hospital,” he told reporters after attending the project site handing-over ceremony, today.

The project, inspired by Sarawak Premier, Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, is aimed at creating a research centre for various diseases such as COVID-19, rabies, malaria, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and tuberculosis.

“It will be collaborating in research work with the Swiss Tropical Disease Research Centre in Switzerland and Imperial College London,” said Sagah, adding that the centre would give an opportunity for local medical experts to conduct research in their respective fields.