HSA closes all operating theatres
> Nearby hospitals to conduct surgeries until safety checks are completed
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