Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital holds fire exercise

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A FIRE broke out at the country’s biggest public hospital yesterday as part of a staged exercise conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Medical Superintendent Dr Hj Ahmad Yazid Hj Abdul Wahab said the moderate-scale exercise aimed to evaluate Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital’s preparedness and efficiency in handling a fire scenario.

“Safety is a big concern... because there are a lot of sick patients who are less mobile. It is about the safety of these patients, staff and visitors,” he added.

He said the drill, which involved around 80 participants from various agencies including the Fire and Rescue Department, was an opportunity for MoH to improve the hospital’s fire emergency response.

“We will look into communication, evacuation and coordination, and find out where are the areas with weaknesses,” he said.

Dr Hj Ahmad Yazid said the latest fire drill was among a number of exercises conducted by MoH with more planned for the future. A similar exercise was carried out at the Women and Children’s Block at RIPAS Hospital prior to its opening.

“As you know, we had fire threats in the past. I think in terms of capacity, we can still improve and continuously make progress,” he said.

He also expressed appreciation to the Fire and Rescue Department for assisting in the exercise as well as training hospital staff for fire marshal appointments. The training enhanced their skills and ability to better handle fire incidents.

The simulated fire took place in one of the wards, prompting the hospital staff to activate the fire emergency response and evacuate patients safely.

The Brunei Times