Monday March 11, 2013
Lahad Datu: Ministry keeping an eye on displaced residents’ welfare
BENTONG: Health Ministry officers are monitoring the situation at several community halls where residents have been forced to relocate to following the standoff with Sulu gunmen in Lahad Datu.
Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the food served was a matter of concern.
“Food poisoning and other illnesses could easily break out in a location where hundreds of people have been forced to share toilets and other utilities,” he said.
However, he said there were enough medical teams, including those from the military, on standby to look after the displaced residents’ welfare.
Extra doctors, dentists and nurses as well as medicine had also been sent to hospitals and clinics in the affected areas and neighbouring Tawau, said Liow.
“We are also thankful to the security forces who have safeguarded our hospitals and clinics. Their medical teams have also been cooperating with ours.
“We will advise local authorities to install enough mobile public toilets,” he said after attending a function on the East Coast Eco- nomic Region (ECER) here yesterday.