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Norol (left) cutting grass using a grass-cutting machine during a gotong-royong programme in Sungai Isap, Kuantan.

KUANTAN: Additional medical teams will be stationed at Government clinics in flood high risk areas to provide treatment to victims in the eventuality of floods.

State Health, Human Resources and Special Duties Committee chairman Datuk Norol Azali Sulaiman said the teams, comprising doctors, health assistants and nurses, were expected to begin their duties this month.

Norol Azali said in last December’s flood which continued to January , those who were sick and in need of treatment could not get treated fast enough because of the breakdown in communication services.

He said early preparation was necessary to be ready for the flood.

“Last year, there were some 40 government clinics that were submerged in the water causing difficulties for us to provide medical treatment to the villagers.

“From this experience, we will need to identify the right place or temporary clinics for us to station the medical teams to be prepared for the flood,” he said.

Norol Azali was speaking after a gotong-royong initiative which was part of an anti-dengue campaign at Perkampungan Sungai Isap.

Also present was State Health director Datuk Dr Dr Zainal Arifin Omar.

Norol Azali also said that the number of dengue cases could be reduced if residents looked into the cleanliness of their surrounding areas.

He said the lackadaisical attitude among neighbours was one of the reasons for the increase in dengue cases in housing areas.

“Residents only rely on the local authority for clean-up work but they should take it upon themselves to maintain cleanliness and make sure their areas are free of rubbish or places where Aedes mosquitoes can breed.

“By working together and keeping their neighbourhood clean, there will be less incidences of dengue in their areas,” he said.

Dr Zainal Arifin said until October, there were 2,329 dengue cases, an increase of 840 cases compared to last year’s 1,489 cases in the state.

“With regards to dengue fever, the Kuantan district recorded the highest number at 1,338 cases, followed by Temerloh (339 cases), Raub (154), Jerantut (140), Maran (106), Bera (88), Rompin (65), Bentong (38), Pekan (33), Lipis (27) and Cameron Highlands (1),” he said.

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