HSA closes all op­er­at­ing the­atres

> Nearby hos­pi­tals to con­duct surg­eries un­til safety checks are com­pleted

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sul­tanah Ami­nah Hos­pi­tal (HSA) in Jo­hor Baru, where a fire broke out re­cently, has closed all its 12 op­er­at­ing the­atres and trans­ferred such pro­ce­dures to hos­pi­tals nearby, said Deputy Health Min­istry Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Ya­haya.

He said the In­ten­sive Care Unit (ICU) had been trans­ferred to the Sul­tan Is­mail Hos­pi­tal.

“The spe­cial­ists and sup­port­ing staff con­duct the surg­eries at th­ese hos­pi­tals and then re­turn to the Sul­tanah Ami­nah Hos­pi­tal,” he said at the Par­lia­ment lobby.

Hilmi was com­ment­ing on de­vel­op­ments at the hos­pi­tal, where a fire on Oct 25 claimed the lives of six of seven pa­tients at the ICU.

On the of­fer by the Sul­tan of Jo­hor, Sul­tan Ibrahim Al­marhum Sul­tan Iskan­dar, for the Royal Ward at the hos­pi­tal to be used by pa­tients, he said there had been no ne­ces­sity to do so yet.

“The field hos­pi­tal set up by the mil­i­tary is suf­fi­cient, so there’s no prob­lem,” he said.

Fol­low­ing the fire, the Health Min­istry or­dered the tem­po­rary clo­sure of the main building of the hos­pi­tal in stages.

The move was to al­low for an eval­u­a­tion of the safety, elec­tri­cal wiring and building struc­ture.

It is ex­pected to take two to four weeks. – Ber­nama

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