SEGAMAT: Hot on the heels of the malfunctioned air-conditioning systems at hospitals in Kuantan and Selayang, the Segamat Hospital is also feeling the heat after its system broke down at one of its facilities more than a week ago.
The breakdown at the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit forced staff to use portable air-conditioning units since it happened on Jan 9, resulting in discomfort for patients, especially babies kept in the section.
It is learnt that on Friday, the hospital installed four additional permanent air-conditioning units, keeping the temperature at 25°C. The NICU is usually kept cool at 20°C to 22°C.
Temperature and humidity control is important in an NICU, which houses premature babies and those born with complications.
A parent, who declined to be named said they were not informed of the air-conditioning breakdown earlier.
“We were not told about it until my husband felt it was warmer than usual and asked the nurses,” she told The Star yesterday.
The hospital’s assistant public relations officer Ahmad Aizuddin Miskandar said the breakdown was due to a broken fan in the centralised air-conditioning system which was installed in 1996.
“We have informed the concessionaire to resolve the matter and immediately placed four units of portable air-conditioning before adding four permanent units two days ago.
“Several infants were transferred to Ward 1 as a precautionary measure to ensure that dust from the installation work did not affect them,” he said.
He added that 13 babies were currently warded in the NICU while 11 more were being monitored in Ward 1.
“The centralised air-conditioning should be up and running by today and infants in the other ward will be transferred back,” he said.
Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayob Rahmat, when contacted, said the four permanent air-conditioning units were a back-up in case the centralised unit broke down again.
“The safety and health of the babies is our priority,” he said.
The 314-bed hospital has been in operation since 1995.
Meanwhile, Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the malfunction of the centralised air-conditioning system at Selayang Hospital in Selangor since last Thursday was due to a “chillers” problem.
“The system is expected to function as normal on Wednesday,” he said in a statement.
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