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Malaysians want better safety at hospitals after deadly fire

Firefighters putting out the blaze at Sultanah Aminah Hospital, Johor, yesterday.

Firefighters putting out the blaze at Sultanah Aminah Hospital, Johor, yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 26, 2016: Malaysians are concerned over the safety of healthcare facilities following the fire at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru yesterday.

They thus want the authorities to take this as a lesson and to upgrade the safety features in hospitals.

The fire killed six patients at the intensive care unit.

Facebooker Kingchek Hong suggests that the health ministry immediately take all necessary measures to prevent a recurrence.

But Yoong Joseph thinks the tragedy could have been prevented.

“This would not have happened if due care had been taken and checks done from time to time.”

Pauline Ting is another one who says the safety features at all hospitals must be upgraded.

“Many general hospitals are in sorry state and need upgrading urgently. For example, many wards are crowded with bad ventilation.”

Tajudin TJ points out that the Sultanah Aminah Hospital is a very old hospital and obviously needs and upgrade.

Foon Peng Kheong would like to know if the safety equipment at the hospital was working.

“Was there ever a safety audit done? Were the staff trained in a fire drill? The authorities should address and work on all of these concerns immediately.”

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam said in a statement that the ministry would get to the bottom of the tragedy through a committee comprising relevant agencies and experts.

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