Tuesday, 19 May 2009

RSU Gunungsitoli Nias

Health service provision on Nias Island, Indonesia had always been insufficient and became worse after the March 28, 2005 earthquake. The Gunungsitoli General Hospital was one of the major district health facilities heavily damaged. Shortages of doctors and specialists, limited clinical skills of nurses and midwives, poor management and maintenance were worsened. Located in the major town of the isolated island, this hospital serves more than 700,000 populations and is the only referral hospital. The Indonesian Ministry of Health with recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) requested for MERCY Malaysia’s participation for its reconstruction. A collective team comprising of architects, medical planners, engineers, surveyors and technicians was deployed to conduct a comprehensive assessment, including a technical report for the Indonesian Government. Damaged grade and design failures of the current hospital were studied thoroughly with the presence of experts in the industry. The master plan included new hospital blocks massing and layout, temporary hospital block, space planning for medical and non–medical areas, inclusion of a Disaster Management Zone for disaster preparedness and a centralized mechanical and electrical system. In order to ensure the sustainability of investment in revitalizing the hospital, the program was undertaken as a comprehensive intervention. The revitalization project for the hospital was fully completed in December 2008.
Design team: Norazam Abu Samah, Hafiz Amirrol, Fairus Salehen, Ar. Ayof Bajuri, Ar. Abdul Rahman Richard, Ar. Azman Zainonabidin and MERCY Malaysia Technical Team.

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