BINTULU: The Health Department has been directed to ensure that the cholera outbreak here does not spread to Samalaju Industrial Park.
Assistant Minister of Local Government and Community Development (Public Health) Dr Jerip Susil said the state government could not afford to have such an outbreak in Samalaju as it could hamper development in the area.
“Samalaju Industrial Park should be protected from all (health) threats at all cost as it is the new national industrial area.
“We do not want Samalaju to be infected, and I am pleased that it has remained free from the disease thus far,” he said after being briefed on the cholera outbreak by Bintulu Divisional Health officer Dr Azlee Ayub here yesterday.
Also present were Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari, state Health Department consultant epidemiologist Datu Dr Andrew Kiyu and state Health Department deputy director of health services (public health) Dr Jamilah Hashim.
Dr Jerip said all workers in Samalaju must be advised to be very careful when they buy food, especially from Bintulu town.
“We will protect Bintulu at all cost because once it (cholera) goes to Samalaju it will be a disaster.”
Muhamad Yakup said priority should be given to Samalaju as it would attract national attention and slow down progress in the area.
Thus far, the Health Department had screened two canteen operators in the area for cholera and they showed no signs of infection. However close monitoring and surveillance would be conducted in collaboration with the medical teams of the respective companies.
Dr Azlee said as of yesterday the cholera outbreak was still confined to Bintulu division only, but regular inspections and monitoring would be carried out in other divisions.