Theme park may face another closure
IPOH: The Bukit Merah Laketown Resort Water Theme Park here could face further temporary closure and a fine if it is proven that it did not follow procedures, causing the rotavirus and acute gastroenteritis (AGE) cases.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said for now the resort has been closed for inspection and other rectification measures to be taken.
“Under the Communicable Disease Act, the resort could be fined and face further temporary closure of up to two weeks,” he told reporters yesterday after handing over an offer letter from the Education Ministry for the construction of the RM7 million SJK (T ) Gunung Rapat building here.
The letter was received by the school board of governors’ chairman, Kathan Marthamuthu.
Subramaniam added the management had to take the necessary remedial measures before the health authorities were satisfied and allowed them to operate again.
“The Health Ministry had to initiate numerous measures to contain the outbreak. If we find that the management had not followed the set procedures, then action will be taken, including the imposition of a fine.”
He said health department personnel had since conducted checks on the public pools and food outlets.
“If there are any more signs of the outbreak, we will inform the resort and take the necessary action.”
Subramaniam said so far 70 AGE cases were reported in Kedah, Penang and Perak out of which less then 20 were confirmed as rotavirus. Water samples had also been taken from the resort for analysis.
In BAGAN SERAI, Bernama reports that the management of the resort will fill the pool with fresh water today to prevent any further rotavirus infection and AGE.
Resort general manager Kamal Hussein said the pool water at the water theme park was drained for the three days.
Meanwhile, in GEORGE TOWN, five positive rotavirus patients admitted to hospitals here were discharged yesterday while another was still being treated in a private hospital.
State Health Department director Datuk Dr M. Sukumar said three of them who were warded in Bukit Mertajam Hospital and another two in Balik Pulau Hospital, have been given clearance by the hospital after their condition improved.
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