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.