Doc­tor re­counts ex­pe­ri­ence

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PETALING JAYA: Health Min­istry Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah yes­ter­day shared a per­sonal ac­count from the Face­book post­ing by an un­named doc­tor on Tues­day’s fire at the Sul­tanah Ami­nah Hos­pi­tal (HSA):

“To­day I was re­minded why we Malaysians are sim­ply the best. A house of­fi­cer from HSA re­counts his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence:

To­day, is a dark day for us. We’re hit by the worst tragedy that can ever hap­pen to a hos­pi­tal. I thank all the peo­ple who called or dropped a mes­sage to check on me. The thoughts that you gave me are re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated.

I would like to thank all peo­ple who have helped us through­out the day. Spe­cial thanks to:

1) Al­lah for keep­ing all my ba­bies safe. No words can I put if the flame went to my pae­di­atric blocks.

2) The Col­leagues & MO To all my col­leagues, es­pe­cially the fe­male col­leagues in my ward to­day. When the fire started, they self­lessly told all the male House Of­fi­cers: “You guys go and save the pa­tients. Do what you need to do. They need man­power to lift the pa­tients. We’ll take care of the ba­bies.” My MO to­day gave me a look dur­ing ward rounds and say “You can’t fo­cus in round to­day don’t you Muhaimin? You want to go there and help. Go lah. Be safe.”

And that’s how all of us man­aged to come and help in ED and other parts of the hos­pi­tal.

3) The PPK, nurses and MA

All my PPK. You have no idea the part they played to­day. Some of them carry oxy­gen tanks from place to place, with sweat drip­ping from their fore­heads to make sure ev­ery­one is safe. I knew some of them have os­teoarthri­tis but they were so strong to­day. Nurses and MAs are so ef­fi­cient to­day that some or­ders are car­ried out with­out words. Ev­ery­one know what they should do and where they should be. Some of them sac­ri­ficed their lunch hours just to make sure pa­tients are not left alone in new wards.

4) The fire­men They are the bravest souls who ran into the fire to try to save our pa­tients. Some of them looked so tired in their heavy gears. They are the un­sung he­roes of to­day. 5) NGOs Tzu Chi, Ja­batan Amal, ARIF, and many more. Thank you for the wa­ter and food. Even McDon­ald’s came and pro­vide burg­ers to ev­ery­body. In less than three hours, aids came in non-stop that we have to re­dis­tribute the sup­plies to other de­part­ments.

6) The off-duty of­fi­cers A lot of my House Of­fi­cer friends and nurses, MA and PPK alike who are on their off-days came to the hos­pi­tal, in their sport at­tires and helped. You know how much off-days meant to us. I man­aged to get a break to drink wa­ter to­day af­ter my friend who was post night came and sub­sti­tute for me. Some came with red eyes and tired faces. May Al­lah re­pay you for your kind­ness.” 7) The spe­cial­ists I put this at the end be­cause I think they de­served one of the great­est thank you of all. Can you imag­ine or­gan­is­ing a ward that is built for med­i­cal pa­tients, but in less than 30 min­utes they are full of pa­tients from ICU, Ortho, Sur­gi­cal, Neuro and many more? The spe­cial­ists are the calmest in ward. They rally the House Of­fi­cers and MOs, gave per­fect or­ders and po­si­tioned ev­ery­one at the right sta­tion so that ev­ery­thing goes smoothly. From or­der­ing a House Of­fi­cer to take blood, till or­der­ing ward Sis­ters to make a check list and head counts, they man­aged to com­plete and turn a chaotic day to an or­dered one. Thank you for show­ing us a good lead­er­ship.

Let’s pray for the de­ceased one. May their souls rest in peace.

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