Watch out for harmful activities, public urged

Dr Sahruddin handing out pamphlets on TB at Larkin Sentral.

JOHOR BARU: The public in Pasir Gudang are advised to be vigilant, monitor their health and keep tabs on any illegal activity in their midst that could harm them.

State Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said, however, that there should be no more toxic gas poisoning cases as the Department of Environment (DOE) had stated the air quality at back to normal level.

“We have been continuously monitoring the air quality in the surrounding schools for the past 10 days, since we shut down the Medic Base at Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium.

“As such we do not expect any problems,” he said after the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day programme at Larkin Sentral here.

He said those living close to Sungai Kim Kim should be careful and watch out for any suspicious activities.

“We hope such an incident will not happen again, not in Sungai Kim Kim or elsewhere.

“It was a lesson for all of us on the importance of keeping our environment clean and safe.“Though the state has set up a security post at the dumping ground, personnel can only monitor a total distance of 1.5km of the river, in shifts.

“The river stretches over 13km, and this is where the public can play their role by watching out for any illegal activity and alerting the authorities,” he said.

Dr Sahruddin said the last patient warded for toxic inhalation from Sungai Kim Kim was discharged.

“We have not received any more reports on victims and hope that no more will surface,” he said.

Thousands of people, including children in Pasir Gudang were affected after chemical waste was found dumped into Sungai Kim Kim, forcing the government to close 111 schools in the area recently.

Meanwhile, on the TB Day programme, Dr Sahruddin urged those coughing for more than two weeks to undergo medical checks at any clinic or hospital.

“A total of 146 deaths from TB were recorded last year, because of poor knowledge about the disease and carelessness in seeking treatment.

“Some usually come when the disease is already advanced or are coughing blood.

“TB can be overcome if detected early and with the right treatment,” he said.

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