Proper treatment given to victim of falling concrete, says QEH
Posted on July 24, 2012, Tuesday
KOTA KINABALU: Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has taken appropriate action to treat a patient who was injured when a piece of concrete fell from its ceiling.
QEH had confirmed the incident and had given proper treatment to the victim, including a CT scan, said QEH director Dr Heric Corray.
Apart from the injury to the head, the victim had also abrasion injury which is a minor injury and need not be given stitches.
The wound on his head is almost healed and the stitches can be taken off after the abrasion injury is healed.
QEH has interviewed the patient and was informed that he had never made a claim through any parties.
Corray said the patient is facing financial problem as he has lost the ability to work. His wife is taking care of him.
However, his loss in his ability to work is not due to the incident that occurred in the hospital on July 14.
QEH however said they would help the patient through the Social Work Unit to ease his burden.
According to Corray, the Health and Health Departments have been informed of the incident.
The ministry and department are concerned with the problem faced by the patient and will improve the situation to avoid similar incident from happening in the future.
Corray said this in response to Kota Kinabalu member of parliament Hiew King Cheu who criticized the health authorities over their apparent silence on the incident at QEH 1.
Hiew has urged the Health Department director to explain to the public on the matter.
“The incidence was not published in great detail, and the seriousness of the matter was not highlighted to the public, and the worst part was that the state health director had not even commented on any thing concerning the incident that could have claimed the life of the patient,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The victim, identified as Johnny Kando from Membakut, had received four stitches to close a wound on top of his head and five stitches on the back of the head as a result of the incident.
His legs were also injured, with many scratches and cuts.
He was resting on his bed at that time and was lucky that he was not killed, said Hiew.