JOHOR BAHRU: The number of people being treated for inhaling poisonous gas emitting from chemical waste dumped into Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang here increased to 79 last night.
Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said 47 of them were warded at the Sultan Ismail Hospital while 32 others were given outpatient treatment at the same hospital.
“Of the 47 warded, 16 of them have been allowed to return home, while the remaining 31 include six in the intensive care unit.
“Their condition is reported to be stable,” he told reporters at a gotong-royong programme in Taman Kota Masai here today.
He said the 31 patients in hospital comprise two children, 15 students and 14 adults, including three medical workers.
Sahruddin also said that the Johor Bahru disaster committee held a meeting last night to discuss the incident.
Sahruddin, who chaired the meeting, said work to clean the effluents would be carried out soon along the 1.3km stretch of Sungai Kim Kim.
He said a contractor would be appointed to carry out the work.
“The main location of the chemical waste dumping has been cleaned,” he added.
Two days ago, 1,400 students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pasir Putih and Sekolah Kebangsaan Pasir Putih were ordered to vacate their school premises after some students complained of breathing difficulties and vomiting, believed due to inhalation of the gas emitted by the chemical waste dumped into Sungai Kim Kim.