Quick ac­tion saves Ipoh hospi­tal

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY P. CHANDRA SAGARAN

IPOH: Forty-seven pa­tients ad­mit­ted to the 5B male med­i­cal ward at Hospi­tal Raja Per­maisuri Bainun here were evac­u­ated fol­low­ing a short cir­cuit on Wed­nes­day night.

The pa­tients were trans­ferred to other wards fol­low­ing the 1.15am in­ci­dent.

Ipoh Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment Zone 1 of­fi­cer, Mohd Khairul Jamil said they re­ceived a dis­tress call from the hospi­tal at about 1.17am and a team of fire­men were im­me­di­ately sent to the site.

“There was a fire at one of the beds and it was put out by hospi­tal staff us­ing fire ex­tin­guish­ers,” he said.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed the fire oc­curred due to faulty elec­tri­cal wiring and a leak in the oxy­gen duct fixed at the pa­tient’s bed head panel.

“Only about 5% of the bed cu­bi­cle was af­fected ... the pa­tients were moved to other wards tem­po­rar­ily,” he added.

The fire did not cause any dam­age to the ward’s build­ing struc­ture. Fire­men are now sta­tioned at the hospi­tal to en­sure there will be no fur­ther break­outs.

Ber­nama quoted Health di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah say­ing that the short cir­cuit orig­i­nated from a wall plug be­side the beds. No pa­tient or hospi­tal staff were in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

Ipoh Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment chief P. Sa­ma­su­vam praised the hospi­tal’s staff for their swift ac­tion in cut­ting off the elec­tric­ity and gas sup­ply to the ward.

Just last month, a fire broke out at the Sul­tanah Ami­nah Hospi­tal in Jo­hor Baru re­sult­ing in the deaths of six pa­tients at an in­ten­sive care unit.

They were among the seven pa­tients in the south­ern ICU on the sec­ond floor of the hospi­tal.

They were crit­i­cally-ill pa­tients who were de­pen­dent on ven­ti­la­tors and could not be moved with­out their beds.

One pa­tient was res­cued by fire­fight­ers who rushed there after be­ing no­ti­fied at 8.56am.

Perak exco mem­ber Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (sec­ond, from left ) check­ing out the burnt bed panel at the hospi­tal.

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