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By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Aug 7: A total 24 Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) with high resolutions of eight megapixels are being installed around Miri Hospital facility to deter potential offenders from criminal activity.
The project was initiated by Miri Hospital Visitors Board (MHVB) led by its chairman Karambir Singh Sangha via a fund raising campaign which successfully collecting RM39,970 in order to install the CCTVs in the first three phases of the project.
They have another two remaining phases (phase four and five) for the project which will commence once sufficient funds are collected through the fund raising campaign.
According to Karambir, the installation is expected to be fully completed next week.
“The money (for the installation) was contributed by generous members of the public and the fund raising for phase four, five and six is ongoing,” he said today when met during the checking of the CCTV installation work progress, which is now 86 per cent completed.
He said the purpose of installing the CCTVs is three folds – firstly, to ensure public safety generally; secondly, patient safety and staff safety; and thirdly to comply with the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) accreditation requirement.
This accreditation is an endorsement that Hospital Miri is a safe hospital and that the hospital is providing medical services in accordance to set standard and quality, which is very important to the hospital.
“Initially our committee had agreed to start the fund raising for Phase One. However, the response from the public was very good, sufficient funds were raised to complete three phases.
“Phase One, CCTVs will cover the main entrance/exit and also the exit near the drive-through pharmacy.
“The placement of CCTV at this location serves to monitor the exit from the hospital with hope to deter and reduce cases of car theft from inside the hospital compound.
“The hospital has had its share of incident involving car theft and with the CCTV in place, we hope to see the number of cases go down and preferably eliminated,” he said.
Phase Two CCTVs will be located at the entrance and exits at level 1 of the hospital and will also specifically cover the labour wards, special care nursery (SCN), OT Theatre and ICU ward. This is to comply with MSQH accreditation requirements to safeguard the mother and child undergoing treatment in this facility.
While, Phase Three will cover parts of the ground floor corridor.
“We thus appeal for the kind support of the public to contribute towards improvement and safety in our hospital environment,” Karambir said, adding that funds are sought to implement Phase four that will cover the public car parks at the hospital.
Members of the public can contact Karambir at 0168785500, treasurer Iqbal Bin Abdollah (0198416185), secretary Kho Yok Chong (0198144633) or deputy chairman Connie Tang Tung Ming (0109316589) for more details or and feedback related to Miri Hospital. — DayakDaily