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Health Ministry to help family of young rabies victim in Serian
Tarikh : 13 Feb 2018  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post
 

Health Ministry to help family of young rabies victim in Serian

Dr Subramaniam (third left) seen holding a hand of a villager in Kampung Bayur in Balai Ringin during his visit to the village with Dr Sim (second left) yesterday.

KUCHING: Health Minister Datuk Sri Dr S. Subramaniam has promised to help the family of a rabies victim from Serian after visiting his home and family yesterday.

Speaking at a press conference at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) after his visit to Serian, he told reporters that the victim who is an eight-year-old boy had been treated at the SGH for five months before he was discharged last month at the request of his parents after the child showed signs of recovery.

“Despite being confirmed recovered from the rabies epidemic, the boy suffered a brain disability due to the virus. Hence, he is not able to breathe properly and has been breathing with the assistance of a respiratory equipment.

“Therefore, we at the ministry will provide assistance to this child by providing him breathing apparatus as well as other facilities and treatments,” added Dr Subramaniam.

The boy was confirmed rabies-positive in August last year after he was bitten by a dog on July 17 the same year.

He was identified as the sixth human infected with rabies in Sarawak, the previous five victims having died from the infection.

A man bitten by a rabid dog in November last year died at the SGH last week, raising the number of people who had succumbed to rabies in the state since July last year to six.

Apart from visiting the boy’s home in Serian, Dr Subramaniam took time to visit Kampung Bayur in Balai Ringin with Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He also visited the SGH Rabies Dog Bite-Specific Clinic before the press conference.

Commenting on the rabies epidemic in Sarawak, Dr Subramaniam called on all parties, especially dog owners, to play a role in curbing the disease by getting their dogs vaccinated.

“In addition, the level of community awareness in support of efforts undertaken by local authorities and health department to help control the epidemic must be heightened. Those exposed to dog bites must get immediate treatment at the nearest clinic as soon as possible. On the ministry’s side, we have set up a special clinic (Dog Bite-Specific Clinic) here to treat, advise and monitor the disease,” he explained.