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Subra: No reports of disease outbreak in flood-hit states

PUTRAJAYA: There are no reports of disease outbreak in areas affected by floods in the northern states, said the Health Ministry.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the ministry's flood team conducted health checks on 403 out of a total of 1,111 flood victims in Penang and Kedah, and all have been cleared from any disease.

"As of Nov 9 (Thursday), we have a total of 50 teams that are on duty at areas affected by floods. 

"A total of 403, or 36%, of the 1,111 flood victims have been checked and given treatment by our medical team. There have been no reports of disease outbreak from our health team who were on duty at the flooded areas.

"There were also no reports of high risk cases at antenatal, postnatal and haemodialysis centres," said Dr Subramaniam at a press conference before his ministry's post-Cabinet meeting Friday.

The minister added that only two health facilities remain closed due to the floods, which are Klinik Desa Lahar Yooi and Klinik Pergigian Perai.

Its operations have been temporarily moved to Klinik Kesihatan Sungai Dua and Klinik Kesihatan Seberang Jaya respectively.

"Meanwhile, Klinik Kesihatan Mak Mandin, the first floor of Penang Hospital and the Taman Seri Delima 1Malaysia Clinic have resumed its operations," he added.

Dr Subramaniam also advised those affected by the floods to be cautious of their food consumption as well as the cleanliness of their surroundings.

The ministry is conducting checks on potential mosquito breeding grounds, presence of rats and flies, food safety and quality as well as organising health education activities at flood evacuation centres.

"We have also organised clean-ups and sanitation activities at areas where the floods have subsided.

"Our advice is for those affected by the floods to always be on alert and follow the instructions of authorities, particularly when asked to evacuate. This will prevent complications as well as to avoid accidents or loss of life.

"We also advise people not to eat food that is uncooked and to only drink water that is boiled or bottled.

"Watch your children and please ensure they do not play in floodwaters, due to the risk of infectious diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid and leptospirosis," Dr Subramaniam said.

Dr Subramaniam said as of Nov 9, the number of flood evacuation centres that were still opened were 31 in Penang and one in Kedah, while the number of flood victims were 3,011 in Penang and 197 in Kedah.
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