Materia Medica Malaysiana

December 28, 2006

Mercy sets up health camps at Johor flood sites

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Star: MUAR: Mercy Malaysia has set up health camps in flooded areas to check for any outbreak of disease while the army is sending water to hospitals and homes.
A Mercy team, headed by Dr Abdul Malik Abdul Ghafur, is in Bukit Kepong, which has been cut off from the rest of the district.
Dr Abdul Malik said access was only possible by boat from Lenga or by helicopter.
The team set up camp there to check on the health of the villagers.
“After checking some 50 evacuees, we found that three children in a family had mouth ulcers and provided the necessary medication,” he said.
“The rest of the villagers seemed to be in good health but we urged them to only drink boiled water if there is no bottled water.”
Muar marine police commanding officer Asst Supt Lajis Tahir said all police boats stationed in flood areas were meant for rescuing residents, sending emergency supplies or ferrying victims to relief centres.
An army team under commanding officer Lt Col Ahmad Fareed Ariffin from Camp Batu Tiga in Kluang has been supplying clean water to the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital here.
The hospital, which has had no water supply since the district was flooded last week, made an emergency request to the army which rushed four water tankers there on Tuesday evening.
Lt Col Ahmad Fareed said the soldiers have since delivered nearly one million litres of clean water to the hospital.
He said 200 soldiers, four water tankers, 20 trucks and 16 boats were helping out in Bukit Kepong and Muar.
“Our duty is to save lives and we will do anything to serve the people in flooded areas. If the flood situation in Segamat improves, we will bring in our boats from Segamat to serve the people here,” he said in Pagoh yesterday.

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