Water disruption forces hospital to reschedule ops

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PETALING JAYA: The water contamination issue in Selangor has forced Serdang Hospital to reschedule elective surgeries, reported the New Straits Times.

The report, quoted Selangor Health Department director Dr Zailan Adnan as saying that contingency plans, which include transferring patients to another hospital, is not new, and all hospitals follow such procedures in times of crisis.

Zailan, however, stressed that the rescheduling and transfer would only apply to elective surgeries (ones scheduled in advance and which do not involve a medical emergency), while emergency surgeries will still be conducted at Serdang Hospital.

“We need to do what is best for our patients. If we do not have water supply, we will only use what we have for emergency cases while non-life threatening ones can be rescheduled.”

She said that the state health department was working closely with Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) to ensure adequate water supply, and that the water company also gave priority to hospitals and medical facilities.

According to the report, several patients who were due to undergo elective surgeries at the Serdang Hospital, have been transferred to hospitals in Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur.

This is the third time the Serdang Hospital has been forced to reschedule its elective surgeries due to water disruption, caused by the odour pollution at the Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant.

Meanwhile, Syabas head of communications Amin Lin Abdullah has said that the treatment plant involved had resumed operation yesterday afternoon and that supply to affected areas will be restored gradually.

The Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant was recently closed down for the fifth time this year, and the third time for the month, due to odour pollution said to have originated in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.

Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali has alleged that it was sabotage, to make the state government look bad.