Pahang to subsidise cost of blood tests

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  • Thursday, 09 Jan 2003

KUANTAN: Pahang will subsidise the cost of rapid blood tests, which could reduce the time taken to detect dengue symptoms. 

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the state government was willing to absorb the RM30 for each test in an effort to reduce the time taken to find out whether a patient had dengue or not. 

“It takes at least five days for a patient to find out whether he has dengue. The rapid blood tests, which only takes a day, is crucial to detect the disease quickly. 

“However, this offer is only for a few months until the dengue outbreak is over,” he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Sri Pahang here yesterday. 

Some 47 cases have been reported at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital here and several cases in other districts but Adnan said that the number of dengue cases in Pahang was under control.  

“However, I would like to remind residents to keep their premises clean because, during a recent visit to a kampung here which was hit by floods, I saw people throwing rubbish into monsoon drains. 

“When this becomes a habit, it will result in drains getting clogged and become mosquito breeding grounds,” he added. 

On the abandoned buildings in Indera Mahkota, Adnan said he has instructed the State Financial Officer to speed up the appointment of a contractor to demolish the buildings. 

“If possible, works to demolish all the 17 buildings will start by the end of this month,” he said, referring to the five-storey flats of 1,360 units which had developed structural defects over the past five years. The residents there have since been re-located. 

“We have identified three to four contractors to do the job which will cost the government RM1.5mil,” he said, adding that the project has been given priority. 

“The rising number of dengue cases in the area was a culminating effect to speed up the process,” he said. 

Adnan assured residents in the area that the district health services department would conduct a series of fogging activities and destroying mosquito breeding grounds as immediate measures to nip the dengue problem in the bud.  

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