| Azlan Othman |
SERVICES at the Cardiology Centre and Diabetes Centre of RIPAS Hospital will be back to normal today, two days after the two centres were badly affected in a fire which occurred Monday morning.
The Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Mohd Yusof, who visited the damaged areas yesterday told the media that the staff were working tirelessly and round the clock since the fire outbreak to get the operations at RIPAS Hospital back to normal and these include fixing the machines and renovating the affected areas.
“I visited the RIPAS Hospital at 1am Tuesday and saw them doing the repair works. Services at the Diabetes Centre will be back to normal today (Wednesday). Meanwhile, the worst-affected Cardiology Centre has been temporarily moved to the Specialist 2 Unit at the bungalow located nearby and will also resume its normal operations today,” the minister said.
With some wearing face masks, staff were seen fixing the electrical wiring and painting the wall at the Diabetes Centre yesterday while at the Cardiology Centre, staff were seen removing the damaged machines, files and also fixing the electrical wiring.
“We are trying our best for the public. Within two days operations are back to normal, thanks to the hard work of all officers, staff and contractors,” the minister said.
The wiring was fixed yesterday and Outpatient services such as the Eye Clinic, Pharmacy, Laboratory services, Radiology were functioning 100 per cent on Monday, the day of the mishap itself.
The same goes for the Accident and Emergency Department where normal operations were resumed since 6.30am yesterday. Patients with chronic ailments and those seeking emergency treatment were also handled.
The minister said an overheated lamp that fell at the Accident and Emergency Department exit of the hospital was to blame for the blaze, quoting the Fire and Rescue Department. Losses were yet to be ascertained although several equipment were damaged especially in the Cardiology Centre in the blaze. Equipment that were badly damaged would be replaced so that services would not be affected, added the minister.
Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan lauded the cooperation between the Fire and Rescue Department, Department of Electrical Services, Royal Brunei Police Force and other relevant agencies in dealing with the situation. The minister said he was also pleased with the cooperation from the public and their patience as the hospital is working to get the operations back to normal.
Hundreds of patients and visitors were evacuated from the hospital Monday when the fire broke out at around 7.50am at the Cardiology Centre of the Outpatient Services Department.
No casualties or injuries were reported. The Fire and Rescue Department was alerted at 7.54am and firefighters arrived at the scene at about 8am. According to a report from the Fire and Rescue Department, the fire, which affected 12 treatment rooms, was put out by firefighters in 32 minutes. Seven fire engines were rushed to the scene from four stations – BSB, Beribi, Berakas and Bomba Laut and Pelancaran Stations.
The fire forced the hospital to temporarily relocate some of its services and cancel doctor’s appointments on Monday.