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Haze: Slight increase in treatment of Sabah patients

23rd September, 2019


TUARAN: Sabah is among the states with a slight increase in number of patients treated due to complications caused by the haze.

According to Sabah Health Director, Datuk Dr Christina Rundi, Sandakan and Tawau recently recorded a slight increase of patients suffering from haze-related health problems following the increase in the Air Pollution Index at their areas, however it was just a small amount and not continuous.

“We wouldn’t have to look at the increasing number of patients if the relevant agencies and individuals have been following the advice or precautions provided to them for the good of their own health,” she said, noting that at present the situation is under control.

Christina added that at the Ministry of Health, they will collect information of affected patients through reports on the symptoms of haze-related health problems such as conjunctivitis (red eyes), upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) and breathing problems (asthma).

Christina was met by the media after officiating the Celebration of Healthy Lifestyle Carnival, 4th Anniversary of Phase II Hospital and Tuaran Hospital Family Day 2019 yesterday.

Speaking at the event, Christina praised the achievement of Tuaran Hospital as one of the highest scoring hospitals in Sabah and as the winner in the category of most cheerful government building which was organised by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, and expressed hope that they can maintain the excellent performance.

Also present at the event were Director of Women and Children’s Hospital, Dr Tan Bee Hwai and the director of Tuaran Hospital, Dr. G. Mohan A/L Gopal Naidoo.

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