JOHOR BAHRU — October 28, 2016: More than 400 patients have been transfered to several government hospitals around Johor following closure of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) main building since yesterday.
The patients were evacuated to the Sultan Ismail Hospital, Permai Hospital, Segamat Hospital, Temenggung Seri Maharaja Tun Ibrahim Hospital in Kulai, Mersing Hospital and several nearby district hospitals.
To ensure the operation of the hospitals are not affected, staff, specialists and medical teams from HSA are also taken to the hospitals.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Hilmi Yahaya today visited patients and reviewed the situation at the HSA main building and South ICU, which caught fire killing six patients on Tuesday.
Yesterday Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam announced the immediate closure of the HSA main building, which houses the Emergency and Trauma Department and Intensive Care Unit to enable safety inspection works, including wiring, structures and related matters to be done.
The closure is expected to take between two and four weeks depending on the situation.
In the fire six ICU patients died and one was saved but sustained injuries. Two nurses and a physiotherapy trainer were injured and currently receiving treatment.
Today the armed forces deployed its mobile hospital, including an operating theatre, to HSA.
Assistance has also been coming from private hospitals in the form of cash and kind. Among the hospitals are KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital and KPJ Puteri Specialist Hospital.
KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital set up an emergency donation fund since the fire and has collected RM10,000.
Its executive director and chief executive officer Norita Ahmad said the hospital is ready to channel more aid, including patient infusion pump equipment, while three beds in its ICU are on standby for patients from HSA.
The KPJ Puteri Specialist Hospital has so far collected RM5,000 from its staff besides having two ambulances on standby to transport HSA patients.
Columbia Asia Iskandar Puteri Hospital general manager Rahani Yaacob said the hospital is ready to help HSA depending on the situation and its — Bernama