2 to 3 weeks to as­sess hospi­tal block’s safety


KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Min­istry needs an­other two to three weeks to as­sess whether the west block of Sul­tanah Ami­nah Hospi­tal in Jo­hor Baru is safe for use.

Its min­is­ter, Datuk Seri S. Subra­ma­niam, said checks are cur­rently be­ing con­ducted at the block on var­i­ous as­pects such as elec­tri­cal and struc­tural safety.

“We need two to three weeks to con­clude the in­spec­tion be­fore a re­port on the block’s safety can be handed to the min­istry.

“If the in­spec­tion in­di­cates that we can still use the build­ing, we will con­tinue us­ing it. If it needs to be re­paired and re­ha­bil­i­tated, we will do it,” he told re­porters when met at the Par­lia­ment lobby yes­ter­day.

The min­istry had or­dered the clo­sure of the hospi­tal’s west block fol­low­ing the re­cent fire that left six pa­tients dead.

On the cause of the fire, he said the Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“Ini­tially, we were in­formed that the re­port could be com­pleted in a week, but we still have not re­ceived it. We do not want to pres­sure the depart­ment and will give them time to com­plete the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he added.

He said the min­istry has formed a spe­cial com­mit­tee to look into the re­port from the Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment be­fore ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion is taken.

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