PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has not received any reports of a disease outbreak in flood-hit areas, its minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam confirmed today.
He said the ministry has deployed 50 medical teams to flood-stricken areas in Penang and Kedah, adding that a total of 403 flood victims have received medical treatment.
“The medical teams found no outbreaks of serious diseases. There are also no cases of victims requiring antenatal and postnatal care, or hemodialysis treatment,” he said during a press conference here, today.
Dr Subramaniam said the medical teams are closely monitoring flood relief centres to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, rats and flies.
“We are also checking the safety of the food and drinking water, as well as conducting health education activities for people resident in flood-prone areas.
“At the same time we cleaning and sanitising the flood-hit areas.”
Dr Subramaniam advised the public to consume only cooked food and boiled water.
“Children should not play in the floodwater to avoid the spread of diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid and leptospirosis.”
He said high-risk individuals, including sick children, pregnant women and the elderly, should maintain personal hygiene and seek immediate medical treatment if their health worsened.
Dr Subramaniam said the number of flood relief centres have reduced.
“Thanks to good weather, the number of flood relief centres have reduced to 31 from 43 in Penang, and one from 33 in Kedah.
“The number of flood victims have also reduced from 7,746 (4,797 in Penang, 2,841 in Kedah and 108 in Perak) on Nov 6 to 3,208 (3,011 in Penang and 197 in Kedah) as at yesterday.”
He said two health facilities are still affected by the floods.
“The Lahar Yooi Health Clinic has been temporarily moved to Sungai Dua Health Clinic and the Perai Dental Clinic has been moved to the Seberang Jaya Health Clinic.”
He said the Mak Mandin Health Clinic, Level 1 of the Penang Hospital and a 1Malaysia Clinic in Penang have resumed operations.