MIRI: Cases of tuberculosis (TB) have shot up in squatter colonies and squatter resettlement schemes in Miri, raising alarm bells among health authorities.
For the whole of last year, the Tudan Polyclinic recorded 120 confirmed cases of TB.
This year until September, 89 cases were recorded from the same polyclinic.
Senadin assemblyman Datuk Lee Kim Shin held a briefing with the doctors and nurses of the Tudan Polyclinic yesterday in his capacity as the clinic advisory board chairman.
“We are alarmed with the surge in TB cases here as the number of cases is very high for last year.
“The trend is continuing this year and the figures are only for those reported cases,” he said adding that the actual situation could be worse.
“When you add the cases not referred to the Tudan Polyclinic, the figures are definitely much higher.
“This is a serious health threat we are facing and these are only cases being treated at this polyclinic.
“There are also TB cases being treated in the Miri city polyclinic and Miri General Hospital.
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