Queen Elizabeth Hospital's operation theatres to close for two days

KOTA KINABALU: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is closing its operation theatres for two days following a power outage incident.

Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Rose Nani Mudin said the measure was taken to ensure power supply to the wards and intensive care units were adequate and stable.

"The operating theatres have to be closed for today and tomorrow.

"The 29 elective surgeries scheduled for today will be postponed while other emergency cases will be conducted at the Queen Elizabeth II (HQE II)," she said in a statement.

Dr Rose added for now the concession company is still fixing the damaged cable to fully restore electricity supply.

"The hospital and the department will update the status on the supply and treatment from time to time."

Yesterday, the hospital experienced power disruptions starting at 11.54am which 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.

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