KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty nine victims of the air pollution in Pasir Gudang, Johor have been treated and all were reported to be in stable condition, says the Health Ministry.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that up to 10am, there were 29 victims, of which 21 were females and eight were males.
Sixteen of them, 14 students and two adults, were from Sekolah Agama Taman Mawar, while 13, all students, were from SK Pasir Gudang (4).
Fourteen victims were given outpatient treatment and 15 were treated at Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Baru, where six were warded.
“All the patients are in stable condition. None were admitted to the intensive care unit and no deaths were recorded,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement on Friday (June 21).
On Thursday (June 20), the media reported that about 15 students from Sekolah Agama Taman Mawar suffered breathing difficulties and vomiting, believed to be caused by air pollution.
Dr Noor Hisham said that the Johor health department reported that a number of students experienced breathing difficulties at the school.
Emergency calls were received at 3pm and the emergency assistance team from Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Hospital Sultan Ismail and Pasir Gudang health clinic were sent to the scene, he said.
The operations offering emergency treatment ended at 8pm yesterday (June 20), he said.
“The cause of the incident has not been identified,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said that the Johor health department was still monitoring the area.
“Members of the public are advised to get treatment if they experience breathing difficulties, nausea, dizziness, headaches, muscle cramps and body weakness,” he said.
The Pasir Gudang health clinic is opened to receive and treat other victims who may be affected.