JOHOR BAHRU — October 27, 2016: The Health Ministry is to investigate an allegation that the Sultanah Aminah Hospital, where a fire killed six patients on Tuesday, did not have a fire safety certificate.
The hospital was built in 1938 and it might not have been necessary to have the certificate then, said minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam today after another visit to the hospital following the fire.
However, he was quick to state that the ministry ensured there was sufficient safety and fire protection equipment every time there were changes or addition of services.
He said the hospital had been upgraded many times and had new buildings added and had undergone inspections and received approvals from the fire and rescue department.
Asked if the hospital had conducted fire drills or set up fire response teams, Subramaniam replied that fire management and prevention is the responsibility of the consessionaire and they have the clearest standard
operation procedures for the management of fire outbreaks.
“They had fire drills but not recently. Things have always been in place — one is preventive assessment on a periodic level and reporting on it. The second is measures taken in case of a fire,” said the minister.
The fire was the first big fire there and was the worst in terms of lives lost in hospital fires in the country.
According to the hospital’s website, it was built in 1938 and replaced the earliest hospital in the district built in 1882.
Spread out over 98.6 hectares, the Sultanah Aminah Hospital, located close to the Tebrau Strait and facing Singapore, comprises five-storey buildings.
It provides 21 clinical services, nine clinical support services, five non-clinical support services and seven units under the administration of the hospital. — Bernama