No reports of outbreak of infectious diseases due to floods

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said district health office staff had visited the evacuation centres to monitor the health of flood victims. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said district health office staff had visited the evacuation centres to monitor the health of flood victims. — Picture by Choo Choy May

MELAKA, Dec 8 — There have been no reports of outbreak of infectious diseases due to the floods that hit Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan and Johor since last week.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said district health office staff had visited the evacuation centres to monitor the health of flood victims.

“It is the ministry’s standard operating procedure to visit and monitor the health of flood victims at evacuation centres and give advice such as diet and medication,” he told reporters after opening Melaka Healthy Living Carnival organised by World Youth Foundation (WYF) here today.

Also present was WYF chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

The ministry will work with social institutions such as Kemas and Rukun Tetangga to enhance the awareness and health watch at the grassroots level.

Subramaniam said 17,000 Kemas officers would be trained on aspects including nutrition and health checks so that they could share them with the society.

“The first batch of 200 to 300 Kemas officers will be trained starting next month. I want the health training module to be implemented immediately.”

Some two million people will be given advice and health monitoring to achieve the objectives of healthy living, besides identifying and preventing dangerous diseases. — Bernama

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