KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — The Health Ministry has disputed the Johor state government’s claims that pigeon droppings could be among the causes of health problems affecting Pasir Gudang school students.
“In our opinion, as of today, we have not found (any contamination connected to bird droppings),” Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad was quoted saying at a press conference organised by a supermarket in Subang Jaya yesterday.
“We will continue to monitor the phenomenon.”
Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar, the Johor state executive councillor in charge of health, suggested recently that bird droppings at SK Tanjung Puteri Resort could be one of the factors behind the health conditions affecting pupils.
Dzulkefly reportedly said yesterday that the Health Ministry has also engaged independent experts to investigate the problem of breathing difficulties and vomiting in Pasir Gudang, Johor, affecting students across various schools.
“We will compare their findings with ours. It depends on how fast they can come up with it. I expect their findings will be completed by the end of this month,” he was quoted saying.
Authorities have yet to uncover the cause of the health problems that afflicted over 1,000 people, mostly students, in Pasir Gudang since last month with breathing difficulties and nausea.