‘Health Min­istry car­ried out fire safety au­dits at 46 hospi­tals’

New Straits Times - - News -

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

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