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Published: Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 6:51:22 AM

No infectious disease outbreaks reported amid floods

MALACCA: There have been no reports of of infectious disease outbreaks due to the floods that inundated the east coast states and Johor since last week.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said district health office staff had visited the relief centres to monitor the health of flood victims.

“It is the ministry’s standard operating procedure to visit and monitor the health of flood victims at evacuation centres and provide advice, such as diet and medication,” he told reporters after opening the Malacca Healthy Living carnival organised by the World Youth Foundation (WYF) here yesterday.

In BATU PAHAT, Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi advised rescue and humanitarian aid workers to protect their safety and health while carrying out their duties in hazardous conditions.

“They should stay strong and healthy because they are important in helping and supporting the people who need their services at this critical time,” he said during a visit to the district Civil Defence Department (JPAM) office and distribution centre yesterday.

Meanwhile, Johor JPAM director Col (CD) Ghazali Abd Rahman told his officers and volunteers to be on alert and be ready in the event of another wave of floods.

In KUALA LUMPUR, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the construction of a tactical bridge at Sungai Limbun-gan, Kemaman in Terengganu was expected to begin as soon as all building materials had arrived at the location.

He said a squadron of army engineers based in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan were already at the site yesterday.

“This bridge is important to provide a vital link to areas affected by floods there so that relief operations to bring food, medicine and other essential supplies can be carried out,” he told reporters at the Gleneagles Hospital here, where he has been admitted to undergo angioplasty for a blocked artery.

Kemaman is one of the worst hit districts in the East Coast in the wake of the northeast monsoon season.

The tactical bridge is to be built as a 5m-stretch of the river bank there has collapsed.

Tags / Keywords: Environment, flood

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