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Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 9:12:17 AM

Inspections at Serdang Hospital to prevent repeat of mishaps

PETALING JAYA: The Serdang Hos­pital, near here, where a ceiling at its staff quarters collapsed, will make a thorough inspection of its buildings.

“We will carry out routine inspection so that any defect can be detected early,” said deputy director (medical) Rohana Johan in a statement yesterday.

“We are currently renovating all the toilets in the staff quarters,” she said when commenting on media reports that the wife and four children of a hospital staff were nearly hit by parts of the ceiling that fell off in the toilet at 1pm on Saturday.

Runtuhan siling dalamtandas sebuah rumah kakitangan di blok D, Hospital Serdang semalam.
Undergoing renovation: Parts of the ceiling that fell off in a toilet in the staff quarters at Serdang Hospital.

There were no injuries.

Similar incidents were reported to have occurred at the hospital since 2011.

On Jan 30, 2011, a ceiling collapsed at the hospital’s main lobby.

On Aug 13 last year, three nurses and a female medical officer were hurt when 15 ceiling pieces collapsed at the hospital’s emergency department.

On Sept 20, this year, portions of the ceiling at the hospital’s maternity ward gave way and on Nov 14, parts of the ceiling at the paediatric intensive care unit collapsed.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said the ministry had yet to receive any report on the latest incident.

He added, however, that the ministry was keeping a close watch on the hospital.

“We have instructed the hospital and its engineering department to do a daily inspection and give us a report,” he said.

“We are looking at a comprehensive review of the hospital structure,” he added after a cheque presentation ceremony at the Ara Damansara Medical Centre (ADMC) here yesterday.

The cheque was a RM500,000 contribution by Sime Darby Foundation for epilepsy surgery to be carried out by the medical centre and the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH).

On another matter, he said about 200,000 people in the country were suffering from epilepsy.

“Most can be treated with medication but there is one group that is resistant to medication and require other methods of treatment such as surgery,” he said, adding that the collaboration between ADMC and KLH was reflected in the ministry’s encouragement of public-private partnerships.

So far, 12 children and teenagers from underprivileged families have undergone surgery and are said to be seizure-free to date.

Dr Subramaniam said at least 17 young epilepsy patients would be able to undergo surgery with the foundation’s contribution.

Tags / Keywords: Health, Family & Community, ceiling collapse, serdang hospital, toilet renovation, no injuries reported

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