Chemical pollution: 119 patients discharged

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  • Monday, 18 Mar 2019

JOHOR BARU (Bernama): A total of 119 people have been discharged from Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) and Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI) as of midnight Sunday (March 17), following the chemical pollution in Sg Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang that broke out 12 days ago (March 7).

Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said this brought the total of people still warded at the two hospitals to 29 from 120 reported on Sunday.

He said four people were still in the intensive care unit (ICU) compared to seven previously, and they were reported to be in stable condition.

In a statement Monday (March 18), Dr Sahruddin said 30 teams under the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry would be mobilised to monitor air quality at 42 schools within a 9km radius from the polluted river in Pasir Gudang.

“Members of the teams comprised the Department of Environment (DoE) and Chemistry Department personnel who will carry out comprehensive monitoring activities from today,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Sahruddin said portable gas detectors would be used by the monitoring teams to ensure that that the air quality in the affected areas is at the safe level.

“Five parameters to be monitored are oxygen, carbon monoxide, low exposure limit (LEL), the volatile organic compound (VOC) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S),” he said. –Bernama

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