Full report on Hospital Sultanah Aminah fire in September


ISKANDAR PUTERI: The full report on the fire which broke out at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) last October is expected to be made available in September.

State Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman Ayub Rahmat said the probe was being conducted by HSA’s ICU Ward Fire Incident Independent Investigation Committee.

“The health ministry set up this committee to prepare a full report on the fire, but to date, the hospital has not been officially informed of the investigation findings on the cause of the incident,” he said at the state assembly sitting here today.

Ayub was replying to Yeo Tung Siong (DAP-Pekan Nenas) on developments pertaining to maintenance work, costs, findings of the investigation and precautionary measures taken following the fire.

He said immediate repair and maintenance works had been completed at a cost of RM1.157 million, while rewiring, fire-prevention measures and improvements to the ICU ward were now at the stage of evaluation and counter-inspection by the health ministry.

“As a precaution, HSA has installed smoke-detecting devices according to Fire and Rescue Department specifications, and will hold fire safety and fire-fighting training sessions with the Fire and Rescue Department scheduled for Aug 15, conduct fire audits four times a year and increase the number of dry dust-type fire extinguishers.”

Ayub said HSA had also formed a fire response squad involving 40 of its staff who had undergone basic fire safety training with the Fire and Rescue Department from Dec 20 to 22 last year.

The fire, which broke out on the second floor of the hospital’s south ICU ward on Oct 25 last year, claimed the lives of six patients.