Victims of toxic fumes in Johor: 31 still in hospital

JOHOR BAHRU (Bernama) – The number of people who sought treatment for inhaling poisonous gas that was emitted by chemical waste in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang has increased to 79 as of 9.30pm on Friday.

Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee Chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said 47 of them were warded at the Sultan Ismail Hospital, while 32 others given out-patient treatment at the same hospital.

“Of the 47 warded, 16 of them have been allowed to return home, while the remaining 31, included six at the Intensive Care Unit. But their condition was reported to be stable,” he told reporters at a gotong-royong programme to fight aedes in Taman Kota Masai yesterday. He said the 31 patients in hospital comprised two children, 15 students and 14 adults, including three medical workers. The Johor Bahru district disaster committee held a meeting on Friday night to discuss the incident.

Dr Sahruddin, who chaired the meeting, said work to clean the effluents would be carried out soon along the 1.3 kilometre stretch of Sungai Kim Kim.

He said a contractor would be appointed to carry out the work.

“The main location of the chemical waste dumping has been cleaned, while cleaning of the remaining effluents stretching 1.3 kilometre downstream will be carried out soon,’ he added.