JOHOR BAHRU, March 14 (Bernama) -- Several residents in Pasir Gudang, which is reeling from severe air pollution since March 7, have been seeking treatment at the Ground Command Centre at the Taman Tasik Putih since early today.
This Bernama reporter saw ambulances shuttling to and from the centre and the Sultan Ismail Hospital.
Samsiah Moin, a housewife from Kota Masai, said she rushed her 23-year-old son to a private health clinic near their home early today after he complained of headache and feeling weak upon waking up.
“The doctor at the clinic advised me to bring him here because the clinic does not have the expertise,” she told Bernama.
The mother of three said her son was taken to the Sultan Ismail Hospital.
Noraini Muhammad, 32, of Taman Pasir Putih, said she felt nauseous and giddy upon waking up today.
The online trader of goods said she was forced to go on leave from yesterday after she became unwell.
“Alhamduillah (Praise be to God), the medical officer allowed me to rest at home and advised me to drink plenty of water and not to be outdoors for some time,” she said.
The air pollution came about due to toxic fumes emanating from chemical waste dumped into Sungai Kim Kim.
As of 8 pm yesterday, 947 people, many of whom were students, had been treated in hospital for inhalation of the toxic fumes.
Yesterday, the Education Ministry ordered the indefinite closure of all the 111 schools in Pasir Gudang.