Gas leak reports at Mater Dei: 'just sewage system malfunction'

Reports of a gas leak at Mater Dei Hospital stirred some panic amongst patients and relatives, but Minister Chris Fearne insists that the foul smell was caused by 'sewage system malfunction'

Denise Grech
18 September 2017, 6:05pm
The gas leak required the Accident and Emergency department to be evacuated
The gas leak required the Accident and Emergency department to be evacuated
Chris Fearne addressed the gas leak incident during a press conference earlier today
Media reports of a gas leak at Mater Dei’s Emergency Department were nothing more than a sewage system malfunction that caused unbearable smells at the hospital.

Yesterday, the Accident and Emergency Department operated at a reduced level due to a technical that required the evacuation of part of the department. It was established that the cause of the foul smell that filled the department’s corridors was a drainage pipe breakage.

Health Minister Chris Fearne, who earlier today addressed a press conference at the hospital, explained that the S-bend of one of the drainage pipes came loose, causing the evacuator of the area to pick up the smell.

Mater Dei’s protocol requires that patients be evacuated when a foreign odour is picked up, chief executive Ivan Falzon continued.

“The surrounding area was evacuated for a few hours until the pipe was fixed,” Fearne said.