Published: Wednesday March 13, 2013 MYT 3:48:00 PM
Lahad Datu: Medical teams, temporary shelters set up for displaced villagers
By STEPHANIE LEE
LAHAD DATU: Everything is in place for disease prevention and treatment at four termporary shelters for conflict victims in Felda Sahabat 16, about 130km from here.
Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said six medical and health teams have been sent there to monitor the hygiene and health condition of displaced villagers.
He said the teams were also assigned to give personal hygiene and other health-related talks to villagers to prevent outbreaks of any sorts.
"Health education and on-the-ground medical teams are very important in times like this," he said, adding that two psychiatrists were on a rotation basis to counsel traumatised villagers and security forces.
Liow said this after visiting injured security forces personnel here. He had earlier visited the shelter in Cenderawasih with Sabah Health director Dr. Christina Rundi and other medical personnel.
He said four containers to keep the bodies of Sulu gunmen had also been placed at the hospital here as the existing mortuary was not big enough.
"After post mortems, the police will decide on what to do with the bodies," he said.
Meanwhile, he said the ministry will be allocating new equipment, hemodialysis machines, three ambulance and ultrasound scanners to cater to the needs of the Lahad Datu Hospital.
"I have also ordered the hospital director to ensure sufficient supply of blood and medicine at all times," Liow said.