Third Pulapol trainee dies of adenovirus


KUALA LUMPUR: A third trainee of the Malaysian Police Training Academy (Pulapol) has died of Adenovirus after fighting for his life for almost a month.

Trainee constable Mohamed Siman, 23, died at 11.30pm on Tuesday at the intensive care unit of Hospital Kuala Lumpur after being admitted on March 5.

He was the third victim to have died after being infected with the virus after the first death was reported on March 8.

The first casualty of the viral infection was 25-year-old trainee constable Azizan Aziz while the second was trainee inspector Redzuan Ishak, 26, from Kampung Sungai Buaya, Rawang who died on March 17.

Mohamed's body was sent to Tebuk Kiyai at Selekoh in Perak for burial Wednesday.

His father Siman Safar said it was Mohamed's ambition and dream to be a top cop.

He has always supported and guided Mohamed to ensure he achieve his childhood dream.

“Now everything is dashed and what is left is only the dream,” he said, adding that he last met his son last week before he slipped into a coma.

Mohamed's application for constable training was accepted only after three tries.

His elder brother Zulhasri who sent Mohamed to Pulapol to register for training, said Mohamed was so happy and proud that he was on his way to become a policeman.

Pulapol commandant Senior Assistant Commissioner Zulkifli Mohamed said no more trainees are being treated at the hospital's ICU and that the four trainees currently at normal wards are showing signs of recovery.

Until yesterday, 59 people including trainees and staff are being isolated at three blocks in Pulapol.

Family members who would like to obtain more information are asked to contact Pulapol's special operations room at 03-2688 2062 and 03-2688 2009.

In PUTRAJAYA, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the remaining 37 trainees isolated at Pulapol will be discharged on April 2 if there are no new cases.

“We need a few more days. If there are no more new cases, we can announce that the place if free of the virus,” he said after presenting the 2010 Clean Canteen Awards here Wednesday.

Liow also reassured that radiation from winds blowing from tsunami-ravaged Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan were at “very low levels”.

He added that the ministry would take preventive measures and alert the public if the situation warranted it.

“At the moment, it is at very safe levels. The environment is safe,” he said.

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