Six patients have been killed in a fire that broke out at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Hospital Sultan Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru. (Source)
It was a chaotic scene. Pictures were circulating around via WhatsApp and FB. It was uncomfortable to watch or read.
Rumors were soon circulating about the deaths of the patients.
Some said that the deceased were ICU patients that were left to die.
Others said that the hospital had poor fire safety features and help took a while to come and as a result patients died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
In a report by The Straits Times, Johor Baru (South) police district chief, Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh, said the victims were all patients warded at the ICU, located on the second floor of the hospital’s main building. He added that there were eight staff and seven patients in the ICU when the fire broke out and believed that all the victims died due to suffocation caused by the thick smoke in the ward.
“The Government will conduct a thorough investigation as soon as possible to identify the cause of the fire and the safety level (at the hospital),” Datuk Seri Najib Razak said in a tweet.
Mr Najib also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims who were killed during the incident.
He said that the Health Ministry, the Fire and Rescue Department and police are currently managing the situation at the hospital.
The fire was a tragedy. The lives lost was one too many. More importantly, were the rumors true?
Singaporeans and Malaysians share strong kinship ties. Were our brothers and sisters left to die in that ICU room?