The public, including NGOs in Perak are encouraged to take action and help out local authorities to clean up and maintain a healthier environment in Perak. State Exco for Health, Public, Transport, Non-Islamic Affairs, National Integration and New Villages, Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon believes that to build a healthier Perak it takes two to tango.
“We are doing the hardest work to maintain the state’s cleanliness. In fact, I have spoken to Perak Health Department (JKNP) that we need to expand our campaign and conduct seminars to educate everyone including the public to raise awareness,” said Mah when he officiated the World Kidney Day affair at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB) on March 15.
About 512 students from eight schools in Perak who were down with an influenza-like illness (ILI) have recovered and were discharged on March 15, including two students from Slim River who were admitted due to dengue. Due to the unfortunate incident, Mah suggested schools to take charge and be more aware of their students and stressed on the importance of personal hygiene.
“If you have fever, flu or cough, don’t take it lightly. Check with your doctor to avoid any serious diseases. Your health should be a priority,” added Mah.
Mah also encouraged the public and NGOs to start an ‘Adoption Programme’ where they are in charge to maintain the cleanliness of the place to reduce breeding places for dengue mosquitoes.
“There are a few places such as Pasir Putih where the mosquitoes keep on breeding even though we have cleaned it a few times. We need everyone’s help if we want to have a healthier and cleaner state,” said Mah.
Soon after the launching, Mah flagged off 30 cyclists who made a pit stop on their journey from Tuanku Fauziah Hospital, Perlis heading to Botanic Garden, Putrajaya. The cyclists were part of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia’s global awareness campaign, aimed to advocate public education on the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney diseases. The 700-km journey began on March 13 and all cyclists arrived at Putrajaya on March 18.