Located in the Sabah region (meaning ‘land beneath the wind’) of Malaysia, the Keningau Hospital is funded by the Eight Malaysia Plan, which is managed by Malaysia Engineers in conjunction with the Sabah State Economic Development Company. The hospital building is fairy modern having been extended twice since 2000.
The Keningau Hospital has quite a long history, beginning in 1942 as a siliu made of bamboo and roofed with bark awning, built on a hill about a kilometre from the town of Kenilworth. In 1947 the British government provided a midwife/nurse, Ms. Bates, who coached women needing antenatal care in the region. In 1956 the silau clinic became a cottage hospital, under the direction of a Dr James, who aimed to modernise healthcare in Sabah. The hospital opened in May 1957 and was then called the Cottage Hospital Keningau. It was later renamed as Keningau District Hospital.
The original hospital was made up of four terraced buildings and was equipped with 150 beds, including second class units and a unit for mental patients. This original cottage hospital has since been extended twice; once in 2003 and again in 2004, when it was moved to a new building. The new hospital building is equipped with 212 beds is a referral centre for other district hospitals. During this transition the hospital was also equipped with the Intermediate Hospital Information System (IHIS) to streamline information and improve patient care at the hospital.
Keningau Hospital is located about 5 km from the town of Kenilworth, and about 130km from Kota Kinabalu. It serves a population of some 184,000, most of whom are employed in agriculture or the palm oil industry.
|Hospital type||District General Hospital|
|Local language||Malay, English|
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