AT LEAST 300 athletes will be randomly selected for urine tests for doping during the 10th Malaysia Games, said Negri Sembilan state exco member in charge of Health, Science, Technology and Innovation Yu Chok Tow.
She said 84 personnel from the state Health Department had been trained to carry out the task.
“They will be visiting all venues with officials from the National Games Institute and the Institute for Medical Research based in Kuala Lumpur to collect urine samples.
“The doping-control teams will adhere strictly to the standard operational procedures set by the National Games Council, including the selection of athletes.
“Their urine samples will be sent to the doping laboratory at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang daily,” she said after chairing a meeting with the department’s officials at Wisma Negeri in Seremban recently.
Yu said the results would then be forwarded to the chairman of the doping committee.
She also said 44 medical standby teams with ambulances would be deployed at various venues including two in Kuala Pilah and four each in Port Dickson and Rembau.
Yu said operations rooms had also been set up at hospitals in Seremban, Kuala Pilah and Port Dickson as well as the department’s headquarters.
She said athletes would receive priority and free treatment throughout the duration of the Games.
“We have also made arrangements with the KL Hospital for cases to be referred if treatment cannot be provided locally,” she said.
A total of 548 doctors and supporting staff had volunteered their services to help ensure the smooth running of the Games.
On a separate issue, Yu said one of the priorities was to ensure water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, haemorrhagic fever due to aedes mosquitoes and food poisoning did not occur.
She said so far, special teams had conducted checks in 21 schools and hotels that would house the athletes and officials.
Yu said several operations had been conducted at eateries in Seremban, Port Dickson, Rembau, Bahau and Kuala Pilah.
“We have inspected 226 food premises and 130 have been told to cease operations temporarily to upgrade their level of cleanliness,” she said.