Theme park may face another clo­sure

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY P. CHAN­DRA SAGARAN AND ED­MUND LEE

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.

... Mal­batt per­son­nel cel­e­brat­ing after re­ceiv­ing their UN badges from Joint Forces Com­man­der Lt-Gen Datuk Fadzil Mokhtar yes­ter­day. Mal­batt 850-3 mem­bers showed pro­fes­sion­al­ism by dis­re­gard­ing race and re­li­gion while per­form­ing tasks, mak­ing Malaysia pop­u­lar and well liked by all par­ties in Le­banon, he said.

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