Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Health ministry to set up disaster response squads

KEMAMAN: The Health Ministry will set up special disaster response squads made up of medical personnel who will be equipped with skills to deal with disasters.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam said members of the squads would undergo training provided by relevant agencies to prepare them for disaster relief missions.
“The medical personnel involved will not only be provided with medical training, but also safety training such as rescuing flood victims,” he told reporters after visiting the Kemaman Health Office here yesterday.
He said the squads, which would be placed in several disaster-prone areas, would also be assisted by other medical personnel during disasters.
Meanwhile, he said the ministry had not receive any reports on outbreak of diseases in flood-hit states in the East Coast.
Subramaniam said the ministry was also bracing for the second waves of floods predicted to hit the East Coast. — Bernama

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