Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Ceiling falls down

The Serdang Hospital has been shamed for a third time, when its ceiling structure came crashing.

In the latest incident early yesterday morning, parts of the ceiling at the hospital’s maternity ward collapsed at 2.55am.

According to Bernama, no one was injured in the event.

The Star visited the hospital yesterday afternoon, but was denied access to information by staff at the hospital. A security guard also prevented photographers from going near the scene.

It was the third ceiling collapse in as many years for the eight-year-old hospital.

The first occurred on Jan 30, 2011 in the main lobby. No one was injured as it occurred at about midnight.

On Aug 13 last year, three nurses and a female medical officer at the Emergency Department were injured after 15 ceiling pieces measuring 2 ft x 2 ft each collapsed.

The hospital had reportedly cost RM690mil to build and is one of the e-hospital networks envisioned by the Government.

Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof was not amused and said the building contractor would be hauled to court if he was found to be responsible for the latest ceiling collapse.

“I will leave it to my team of experts and I am waiting for their report first,” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has ordered a probe into the incident.

“We take a very serious view in the quality of work by the contractors. We have requested the Hospital and JKR (Public Works Department) to submit a report of the incident to us,” he said.

“The areas which we are concerned about are the design, structure and the work standards of the contractor.”

On the roof collapse of the Kampung Tebauk Mosque in Bukit Tunggal, Hulu Terengganu on Sunday, Fadillah said the mosque was not under his ministry’s purview as it was a state government managed project.

Earlier at the Parliament lobby, two Terengganu PAS MPs called on the Government to disclose the identity of the contractor of the mosque.

Kuala Nerus MP Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali at-Takiri and Kuala Terengganu MP Datuk Raja Bahrin Raja Ahmad said the authorities had not learnt from past mistakes.


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