Pasir Gudang: Students fall ill hours after schools reopen

JOHOR BAHRU (Bernama) – Just hours after schools in Pasir Gudang in Malaysia reopened, after being closed since last Tuesday due to respiratory problems, students in several schools experienced the same breathing difficulties and nausea yesterday.

The Bernama journalist assigned to cover the reopening of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kopok at about 8.30am yesterday morning, witnessed the incident in which several students and teachers fainted.

The other schools believed to be affected are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tanjung Puteri Resort, SMK Seri Alam Dua, SK Taman Pasir Putih, SK Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil Ladang Sungai Plentong, SMK Taman Nusa Damai and SK Taman Cendana.

At least three ambulances from the Civil Defence Force and Sultan Ismail Hospital were seen rushing to schools. Parents were also seen taking their children back home.

Meanwhile, up to now, 30 students and teachers from 15 schools in Pasir Gudang have been referred to the health clinic following symptoms of vomiting and dizziness this morning.

Johor Health, Culture and Heritage Committee Chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said at least 130 students were found to have experienced breathing difficulties and nausea, but after the screening, only 30 people including three teachers were referred to the Masai and Pasir Gudang Health Clinics.

However, schools would remain open and go on as usual yesterday, he said.

“Only advice to the schools is that if students experience the symptoms immediately take them to the health clinic.

“In the morning, checks by Pasir Gudang Emergency Mutual Aid (Pagema) showed that air quality readings were still at a normal level,” he told reporters after visiting Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kopok yesterday.

Teachers assist an SK Kopok, Pasir Gudang pupil for immediate treatment for symptoms of breathlessness and nausea during the school session beginning yesterday. – BERNAMA