| Azlan Othman |
THE Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital now has more rooms equipped with sophisticated and modern technologies with the reopening of the unit yesterday.
The renovation to the unit was a Ministry of Health initiative to provide efficient services in a more comfortable and secure environment while meeting the increasing demand of patients seeking treatment in this unit.
“We have identified wards that need to be upgraded and improved to meet international standards for treatment to be effective, especially with the re-opening of nine rooms in the Medical Intensive Care Unit”, said 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, when met by the press during the unit’s reopening.
The minister pointed out that this would increase the MICU to 25 rooms and that “We also have a contingency plan for 13 additional beds for intensive care, bringing the total to 38.”
The minister also said that the MICU requires strict control to prevent infection among patients from visiting members of the public. It is necessary to control the number of visitors and they should adhere to regulations set by the hospital so as not to jeorpardise the work of hospital staff. “We strive to give the best for the patient and cooperation from the public is highly appreciated. We impose more stringent measures for the benefit of patients seeking special care at MICU”, the minister added.
The renovation started on April 6, back when the unit only had five beds. The unit now is also equipped with two isolation rooms with negative pressure systems to provide treatment to patients suffering from infectious diseases. The unit could also provide comprehensive dialysis services to patients seeking such treatment.
Meanwhile, the minister also visited the Occupational Therapy and Medical Rehabilitation Units at the hospital which has recently undergone renovations beginning April 1 and reopened on September 25.
The expansion has seen three consultation rooms, four treatment rooms, one multi-purpose hall and an administration office added. The Medical Rehabilitation Unit was widened and now contains a specialist consultation room, a doctor’s consultation room, a treatment room and an office for general administration.
The Occupational Therapy Unit at RIPAS Hospital is generally divided into two sections – Inpatient and Outpatient services, with Inpatients subdivided to cover issues including cardiopulmonary, neuro-medical, neuro-surgical, oncology, orthopaedic, paediatric, physiatric and manual lymphedema drainage.
The Outpatient service is divided into programmes including assistance for the physically-challenged with regard to driving. The programmes cover assessment, training with a modified car, provision of special seating based on factors such as posture. The service also includes assisting patients at the Child Development Centre based in Kiarong through the provision of an early intervention programme, helping the Psychiatric Daycare Centre in Kg Kiarong and providing a rehabilitation programme to the community that may require it.
Also present during the visit from the ministry were the Permanent Secretary, Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil and deputy permanent secretaries; while the director-general, directors, Chief Executive Officer and senior officials represented RIPAS Hospital.