It was the hospital’s annual fire simulation training to help train employees to respond to emergencies.
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Photos and a video showing a man bleeding profusely after getting stabbed at Taiping Hospital looked so real until members of the public truly believed a crime took place there.
The viral story alleged that a cook at the hospital got into an argument and was stabbed in the chest with a knife. The cook was allegedly also splashed with hot oil.
Fortunately, it was only a fire simulation exercise at the hospital as confirmed by Taiping deputy chief of police Superintendent Razlam Ab Hamid.
The fire simulation exercise took place at the Dietitics and Nutrition Department on Wednesday and Thursday. It’s an annual exercise organised by the hospital and the Fire and Rescue Department in collaboration with Edgenta Mediserve.
According to Sinar Harian, 54 personnel were involved in the activity that was designed to prep them to respond to emergencies such as a fire.
Fire and Rescue Department operations officer Mohd Mustafa Kamal Ismail explained that sharp objects such as a knife can injure victims when there’s an explosion.
Based on the public’s reaction, he said the simulation reached its objectives since it was as if an accident truly happened.
The acting and action carried out by the personnel are close to real-life emergency situations. To me, they are all five-star actors. Their makeup [to mimic injuries] looked real.Fire and Rescue Department operations officer Mohd Mustafa Kamal Ismail
He added that they will discuss with the Health Ministry (KKM) if they need help to create awareness about emergency training, especially dealing with a fire outbreak.
Members of the public are advised to check the facts first and to refrain from spreading rumours.