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1,900 hit by Johor toxic fumes seek treatment

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a group of people in a room: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad visiting victims of the chemical pollution at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Bahru this evening. (Twitter pic) © Provided by FMT MEDIA SDN BHD Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad visiting victims of the chemical pollution at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Bahru this evening. (Twitter pic)

PETALING JAYA: A total of 1,906 individuals have been affected by toxic fumes from the polluted Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang as of noon today, with 276 cases referred to the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Bahru.

Of the remainder, 1,483 individuals were placed at a medical base in Taman Pasir Putih, with 224 transferred to hospital, Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said.

He said 423 victims were placed at the Taman Mawar medical base, with 52 referred to the Sultan Ismail Hospital.

A total of 869 victims received treatment at hospitals and clinics in Pasir Gudang and Johor Bahru who were not originally referred there from a medic base.

Sahruddin said the figures were from Monday to noon today.

He also said a total of 92 kindergartens and nurseries in the affected areas have been ordered to be closed, just like the 111 schools in Pasir Gudang, from last night.

Figures from the Johor Community Development Department showed they comprise 64 kindergartens and one nursery in Pasir Gudang, 25 kindergartens and one nursery in Tebrau and one kindergarten in Tenggara.

Sahruddin said the state government is carrying out periodic assessments on air quality to ensure that the situation does not worsen.

He said the public will also be kept posted on any fresh development.

He advised them to seek early treatment at hospitals if they find any symptoms of being affected, adding that 426 officers from 19 government agencies and departments have been tasked on the ground.

No deaths have been reported but 12 victims are being treated at intensive care units. They are in stable condition.

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