Sunday, 8 July 2012

Hospitals must beef up security

SEREMBAN: All government hospitals and health facilities have been directed to tighten security following the spate of thefts at three private hospitals in the Klang Valley last month.

Health Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said all medical equipment used during working hours should be kept in a secured location to prevent thefts.

“The usage and movement of every equipment should also be recorded. Expensive equipment should always be kept under maximum security,” he said in an order to all hospitals and health facilities under the ministry.

Three private hospitals incurred losses of more than RM5mil when thieves carted away medical equipment from their premises within two weeks.

In the first incident on June 11, an endoscopy machine worth RM120,000 was stolen from the Columbia Asia Hospital in Kajang followed by the theft of eight similar machines worth RM1mil from the Tung Shin Hospital in Kuala Lumpur a week later.

On June 20, thieves struck at the University Malaya Medical Centre and carted away endoscopy ma­­chines worth some RM4mil.

Police have since formed a task force to probe the thefts.-( TheStar)


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