‘Health Ministry carried out fire safety audits at 46 hospitals’
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has carried out fire safety audits at 46 hospitals that are more than 50 years old, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the Fire and Rescue Department, and Public Works Department were also involved to ensure that all aspects were covered.
Hilmi said they identified fire risks such as ageing fire prevention systems, dilapidated electrical wiring and installation systems, medical gas systems that did not meet the required standards and outdated engineering systems. “The ministry undertook a fire risk survey and found that a large number of hospitals were fire hazards and in need of an overhaul. Upgrades and repairs have to be carried out to ensure the hospitals are safe and do not affect daily operations,” he said in reply to a question from Datuk Rozman Islin (BN-Labuan).
Rozman had asked about the audits and proactive measures taken by the ministry to ensure that incidents such as the fire at Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru would not recur.
Dr Hilmi (BN-Balik Pulau) had revealed that the fire in the intensive care unit of the south wing of the hospital was due to a faulty capacitor lamp component.
He said the fire at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh was due to the parting arc on the light switch on the bedhead panel.
“Following these incidents, the ministry proceeded to immediately replace lamp components, especially at critical locations in hospitals,” he added.
Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya