Citing critical areas such as safety aspects of health premises and development plan for mental health, as underscored by Malaysian health agencies, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman and social activist Tan Sri Lam Thye reiterated the urgency of addressing them.
He said that the Fire and Rescue Department informed of the prevalence of public and private health premises, which are unsafe and have high risk of fire. On the other hand, there are a number of criminal cases involving suspects with mental problems.
Lee mentioned the fire incident that broke at the Johor Baru-located Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) ICU unit, which killed six patients, including four women. He said that this and similar fires across the country suggested of lapse in safety audits for health premises.
He said that authorities should conduct annual safety audit of all health premises, including hospitals that are more than 20 years old already.
Meanwhile, Lee said that the number of mental patients in Malaysia is estimated to double within 10 years. Citing this projection by psychiatry associate professor in the Medical Faculty, Universiti Malaya, Dr Ng Chong Guan, Lee stressed the urgency of improving mental health plan.