Audit to prioritise old hospitals
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.