Wa­ter sys­tem, Bukit Merah told

> Health Dept urges re­sort to use chlo­ri­na­tor to pre­vent in­fec­tions

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IPOH: The man­age­ment of the Bukit Merah Lake­town Re­sort Wa­ter Theme Park has been urged to use a chlo­ri­na­tor to re­place the man­ual chlo­ri­na­tion method to pre­vent ro­tavirus in­fec­tion and acute gas­troen­teri­tis (AGE).

Health di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah said the con­tact pe­riod of chlo­rine with wa­ter must com­ply with the stan­dards pre­scribed to pre­vent in­fec­tion.

He said the sug­ges­tion was made by the Perak Health Depart­ment dur­ing a visit and in­spec­tion of the recre­ation cen­tre af­ter sev­eral cases of ro­tavirus and AGE were re­ported last week.

Noor Hisham said the man­age­ment was also ad­vised to ap­point a qual­i­fied wa­ter qual­ity of­fi­cer and if not, the ex­ist­ing of­fi­cer should be trained pe­ri­od­i­cally.

“It is pro­posed that portable dig­i­tal equip­ment be used and pa­ram­e­ters such as resid­ual chlo­rine, tur­bid­ity, re­dox po­ten­tial (chem­i­cal re­ac­tion) and ni­trate lev­els be mea­sured dur­ing mon­i­tor­ing,” he said in a state­ment posted on his Face­book.

Ac­cord­ing to Noor Hisham, the wa­ter park man­age­ment was also asked to en­sure that the fil­ters in the re­sort’s pump house were main­tained reg­u­larly so that bac­te­ria and viruses are not trapped in it.

“The min­istry will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sta­tus of events and wa­ter qual­ity com­pli­ance in the pool be­fore it can be re­opened to the pub­lic,” he said.

The wa­ter theme park has been closed for 14 days to al­low clean­ing work to be car­ried out af­ter a num­ber of ro­tavirus and AGE cases were de­tected.

Noor Hisham ad­vised peo­ple not to bring chil­dren who have AGE symp­toms such as di­ar­rhoea and vom­it­ing to swim­ming pools.

As of yes­ter­day, 46 AGE cases were recorded; 17 were in Kedah with three test­ing pos­i­tive for ro­tavirus, Pe­nang (10 AGE, six Ro­tavirus), while in Perak 19 AGE cases re­spec­tively.

Mean­while, in GE­ORGE TOWN the Pe­nang Health Depart­ment yes­ter­day con­firmed six pos­i­tive cases of ro­tavirus in­fec­tion in­volv­ing chil­dren who have been hos­pi­talised.

State Health Depart­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Dr M. Suku­mar said all the chil­dren re­ported pos­i­tive with the virus were be­tween the ages of one to eight years. – Ber­nama

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