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Water-Borne Diseases Among Flood Victims Under Control

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PEKAN – The Health Ministry has confirmed the spread of water-borne diseases among flood victims in the country is under control.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam said although 30 cases of leptospirosis were reported in Kelantan previously, it was not high risk.

“Up to now, we have also yet to receive any reports on the spread of other water-borne diseases such as cholera or typhoid,” he told reporters after visiting the Padang Rumbia health clinic, which was affected by flood here today.

Also present was State Health director Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar.

However he advised residents in flood affected areas to be constantly vigilant and take care of their health by consuming only cooked food and drinks as a prevention against bacteria contamination.

In a related development, he said the ministry was also studying the best way to rebuild the Mambang health clinic near here which was badly damaged by the recent flood.

“We will first see if the existing location will be changed or a new clinic rebuilt on the same site but we will make sure it will be free from flood disasters,” he said. – BERNAMA

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