Thursday September 27, 2012
More health and facility checks at NS camps
At The Dewan Rakyat
THE National Service Department has increased health and facility inspections at its camps to ensure the wellbeing of trainees, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said eight steps had been implemented, beginning with the annual National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health inspections for the camps.
Trainees will also be subjected to scheduled health inspections, and each of the 81 camps in operation will have five medical officers on duty.
“An official list of diseases that will exempt trainees from physical activities has also been compiled,” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
The department has also implemented an online monitoring system to track food preparation and trace the source of food items.
He said additional safety measures during training exercises as well as safety briefings before each exercise would also be carried out, adding that trainees and instructors would also undergo first aid training.
Earlier, Dr Ahmad Zahid told the House that the family of the late H. Tamilarasi, 19, who slipped into a coma after a fever while undergoing national service training in Port Dickson was awarded RM12,000 as compensation by the Government.
He said the Government awarded the compensation to the deceased’s family although she passed away 13 months after her insurance coverage expired on March 20 last year.
“We also gave another RM9,080 to aid the family,” he said in response to a question from Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah).
The minister said all trainees had insurance coverage that was effective not only throughout the duration of their training but also three days before and a week after they completed service.