Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) in Johor Bahru, which suffered a fire recently, has closed all 12 operating theatres and transferred the service to nearby hospitals, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya.
He also said that the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) had been transferred to the Sultan Ismail Hospital.
“The specialists and supporting staff conduct the surgeries at these hospitals and then return to HSA,” Bernama reported as he saying when met at Parliament lobby.
Dr Hilmi was commenting when asked on the progress of HSA after the Oct 25 fire which claimed six lives.
On the offer by the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, for the Royal Ward of HSA to be used by the patients, he said there had been no necessity to do so thus far.
“The field hospital set up by the military is sufficient, so there’s no problem,” he said.
Following the fire, the Health Ministry ordered the temporary closure of the main building of HSA in stages to allow for an evaluation of the safety, electrical wiring and building structure.
This was expected to take between two to four weeks.