Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ceiling of baby ward in Serdang Hospital collapses, fourth incident in three years

KUALA LUMPUR: A portion of the ceiling at the Serdang Hospital newborn babies intensive care unit (ICU) collapsed early Thursday morning.
Pieces of the ceiling collapsed at around 1.30am and covered an area between eight to 10 feet in the wing.
No one was injured in the incident.
The matter was handled internally by the hospital.
Police and Fire and Rescue department sources said they had not received any report of the collapse.
When contacted, a hospital spokesman declined to reveal any more details of the incident and said the management would release a statement on the matter soon.
This is the fourth incident at the hospital in three years.
On Sept 30, parts of the ceiling at the maternity ward of the hospital collapsed.
In August last year, three nurses and a medical officer were injured when 15 ceiling pieces collapsed in the hospital’s emergency department.
The Health Ministry's deputy director-general of health (medical) Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai said the Ministry viewed the incident very seriously and said the Minister had instructed the Public Works Department to look into the matter.
“He will also visit the site. Efforts into this have already begun since the last incident at the hospital.
“This is because the ceiling slabs are hung from the concrete above it and due to material failure they give way,” he said.

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