Malaysia has formed a task force to look into the cause of the fire that broke out at Johor’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital last night, Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah announced today.
He did not publicly identify the members of the task force or how many people would be involved in the investigation of the blaze that broke out at the government hospital’s women’s medical ward. The fire had led to the evacuation of 24 patients. There were no reports of injuries.
“A special task force has been set up to investigate this incident, and steps have been taken to ensure that services at the hospital will not be affected,” Noor Hisham wrote online. He had included photos of himself visiting the hospital on Jalan Persiaran Abu Bakar Sultan last night, hours after firefighters put out the blaze earlier in the afternoon.
The fire broke out at around 3pm.
The same hospital caught fire four years ago at its intensive care unit. The incident claimed the lives of six patients and injured four others.
In his post, Noor Hisham also commended hospital staff for their swift actions in yesterday’s incident.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the health professionals and admin staff at the Sultanah Aminah hospital for their quick action in sending the patients to safety,” he said. “Despite their current challenges, the hospital staff will continue to serve its patients.”
The evacuated patients were transferred to a nearby building. Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has offered to pay for the damages caused by the fire.
“I will get my contractors to work on fixing the hospital immediately, and my foundation (Sultan Ibrahim of Johor Foundation) will bear the expenses,” he said on Instagram.
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