Sabah Queen Elizabeth Hospital still rectifying power failure issue

KOTA KINABALU: Some parts of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here are still relying on generator sets for power supply.

As of 9am, hospital director Dr William Gotulis said the rectification is still ongoing since the outage about noon yesterday.

"Rectification to be continued today, (as) some areas are still affected such as the centralised air-conditioning.

"Otherwise, (other parts of the hospital are) using power supplied directly from Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd," he said, adding the lifts are also working.

Yesterday, the hospital experienced power disruptions starting at 11.54am and affected the twin towers, specialist clinic and an old medical building block.

During the outage, two existing generator sets and another backup were used for power supply at the hospital. SESB had also provided two portable generator sets.

After the portable generator sets were functioning, all wards and intensive care units were supplied with power except the operation theatres.

Some of the patients and surgical procedures were transferred to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital nearby.

Meanwhile, an SESB spokesperson said the utility company would continue to supply power using the portable generator sets.

"Until the hospital rectifies and restores their supply, SESB will continue assisting them.

"Our portable generator sets can support half of the hospital power supply requirement."

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