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Babies At NICU Kept Cool After Repairs

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SEGAMAT: Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Segamat Hospital are now in a cool environment.

Repairs to the air-conditioning unit were completed at about 9.45am yesterday, a week after the centralised system broke down.

Hospital staff will be monitoring the temperature at the NICU every two hours until it completely returns to normal standards, said Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat.

The Star reported yesterday that the breakdown occurred on Jan 9 due to a broken fan in the centralised air-conditioning unit, resulting in discomfort for patients, especially babies warded in the section.

It is learnt that on Friday, the hospital installed four additional permanent air-conditioning units, keeping the temperature at 25°C.

Temperature and humidity control in NICU, which houses premature babies and those born with complications, should be kept between 20°C and 22°C.

When contacted, hospital director Dr Aman Rabu confirmed that the 11 babies who were transferred to Ward 1 as a precautionary measure had been brought back to the NICU following the completion of repairs.

“We will monitor the situation to ensure continued cool temperatures before shutting down the four additional units that were installed,” he added.

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