Au­dit to pri­ori­tise old hos­pi­tals

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITH­OUT BOR­DERS -

Things were back to nor­mal at about 3pm as au­thor­i­ties de­ter­mined it was safe to re­turn.

How­ever, the main block of the build­ing has been put on a 24-hour shut­down as au­thor­i­ties try to as­cer­tain the over­all safety.

Johor Baru dis­trict po­lice chief ACP Su­laiman Salleh said the in­ci­dent hap­pened as a re­sult of clean­ing ef­forts af­ter Tues­day’s fire.

“Wa­ter from the clean­ing op­er­a­tion seeped into the wire sock­ets, caus­ing some sparks.”

There were no pa­tients in the op­er­at­ing theatre as it was un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tion. Pa­tients near the theatre were evac­u­ated, he said.

Mean­while, the Health Min­istry has or­dered an im­me­di­ate fire au­dit at all gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals.

Its min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam said the au­dit will pri­ori­tise hos­pi­tals that are over 50 years old and en­sure that they are not prone to fires. “If there are weak­nesses, we will fix them as soon as pos­si­ble, ” he told re­porters at the Par­lia­ment lobby af­ter pre­sent­ing a min­is­te­rial pa­per on the hospi­tal fire.

He said the min­istry will also form a spe­cial task force to probe the cause of the fire.

Mean­while, the Home Min­istry has stressed that no el­e­ment of ter­ror­ism was sus­pected in the two fires.

Our re­port yes­ter­day.

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