Operating theaters are still closed at Sabah’s QEH1 amid the rush to fix an electrical fault

KOTA KINABALU: Operating theaters at Queen Elizabeth 1 Hospital (QEH1) remained temporarily closed for a second day on Wednesday April 20 as work continues to repair an internal electrical fault.

Officials say emergency cases, including surgeries, have been temporarily moved to Queen Elizabeth 2 Hospital and Likas Women’s and Children’s Hospital as technicians work to resolve the issues. food that occurred at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 19.

They also postponed elective surgeries because current power was insufficient to provide the air conditioning temperatures required for operating theaters to use.

Following the power outage, the hospital ran its generators, but these also failed, causing power outages throughout the hospital.

Footage on social media showed medical staff using their mobile phones as torches to move around as the fire and rescue service was called in to help some who were stuck in lifts.

Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) sent two of its mobile generators to restore power as faults in the hospital’s internal power cables were suspected to be the cause of the power outage.

Sabah Datuk Health Department Director Dr. Rose Nani Mudin said repair work on the electrical cables was underway, but it was not immediately clear when it would be completed.

The intensive care unit at Queen Hospital 1 in Kota Kinabalu resumed normal operations after the power cut on Tuesday April 19.

In a statement, she said the hospital was operating with its two generators which could have failed before SESB sent its mobile generation units.

Dr Rose said power was fully restored to all units, including the intensive care unit at 8pm on Tuesday, although emergency cases requiring critical services were transferred to QEH2.

She said there had been minimal disruption to services and assured that public action was being taken to help restore the power supply to normal.