MELAKA: The Melaka government is taking precautionary measures against the spread of water and vector-borne diseases after torrential rains have caused massive floods in the state.
Melaka rural development, flood management and green technology committee chairman Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the wet season is expected to continue and healthcare providers in the state have been asked to brace for a spike in various types of diseases that are often associated with floods.
"As of Tuesday (Nov 24), we have over 300 evacuees in our relief centres in Jasin, Alor Gajah and Melaka Tengah.
"We expect more evacuations as the rainy season is far from over where the state has to now monitor the transmission of water and vector-borne diseases," he said in an interview on Wednesday (Nov 25).
Idris said he has also brought up the need to adhere to strict standard operating procedures to safeguard health protocols during a meeting with relevant agencies involved in rescuing victims and managing evacuation centres.
"We can't afford to be lackadaisical in implementing health standards at such centres as Covid-19 still lingers," he said.
Idris said constant monitoring should also be done to look out for mosquito breeding sites during floods.
Idris said among the diseases that commonly occur during flood seasons are typhoid fever and a bacterial infection caused by salmonella typhi.
"This can be life-threatening if no urgent medical attention is provided," he said.
Idris said the poor hygiene levels are one of the reasons for a typhoid outbreak.
He said contractors commissioned to supply meals to evacuees should also ensure the drinking water and food supplies are clean and have received typhoid vaccinations.
Idris said controlling malaria and dengue fevers are also a priority during this period.
He said it's important to provide mosquito nets and repellents at evacuation centres to reduce the risk of these diseases.
Idris added that collective action between stakeholders is needed to combat dengue as the virus spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes has increased dramatically in the state in recent months.
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