Saturday, May 16, 2009

Now migrants are dying in Detention Centres because of diseases transmitted by 'animal urine contaminated water'...

Look at what this Burmese Migrant, who was in Malaysia's Detention Centre in Juru died of - Leptospirosis
"The infection is commonly transmitted to humans by allowing animal urine contaminated water to come in contact with unhealed breaks in the skin, eyes or the mucous membranes."
Does that not further confirm that our Detention Centres in Malaysia are in a bad unhygienic state - Now, we are are responsible for this migrant's death...

It was already a shocker when SUHAKAM (Malaysia's Human Rights Commission) told us that "ABOUT 1,300 illegal foreigners have died during detention in the past six years, Malaysia Nanban quoted Malaysian Human Rights (Suhakam) commissioner Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam as saying.He said many of them died in immigration detention centres, prisons and police lockups because they were denied medical treatment at the right time.-Star, 18/12/2008 - 1,300 foreign detainees died due to neglect

And now this....

A Myanmar illegal immigrant detained at the Juru detention centre in Bukit Mertajam near here died from leptospirosis on Tuesday.

As of noon, 26 cases were reported and all victims have been warded in hospitals on the mainland.

Twenty-four cases were being treated at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital while the remaining two at the Seberang Jaya Hospital.

The cases are being managed by the hospitals teams in consultation with the Penang Hospital's Consultant Physician and Infectious Disease Physician.

Leptospirosis, which is also known as Weil's disease or syndrome, canicola Fever or Fort Bragg Fever, is a rare and severe contagious bacterial infection that affects humans and a wide range of animals.

The infection is commonly transmitted to humans by allowing animal urine contaminated water to come in contact with unhealed breaks in the skin, eyes or the mucous membranes.

The state helath department reported that active case detection and investigations had been carried out at the Juru Detention Camp since Tuesday and cases in need of hospital care had been sent to the Bukit Mertajam Hospital.

Disinfection had also been carried out at the detention camp's blocks, toilets and bathroom.

The department stated that samples from the camp's water sources had been taken for evidence of contamination, and that its health teams were carrying out daily visits to the camp to monitor the inmates for symptoms.

The Myanmar immigrant, who was 21, died at Bukit Mertajam Hospital after being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit for sustected leptospirosis since his admission on May 7.

He presented symptoms of pedal oedema (fluid accumulation in the leg), fever, decreased urine output, constipation and lethargy.

Three cases with the similar symptoms were also reported on Tuesday and from further investigations by the department and the Seberang Perai Tengah district health office more cases were identified and referred to the Bukit Mertajam Hospital. - New Straits Times, 15/5/2009,
Myanmar illegal immigrant died of leptospirosis

1 comment:

casper c said...

Shocking 1,300 died while under detention in various camps etc, life of little value in the eyes of M'sian authorities.

No wonder the cops are complacent if not cocky, when figures of custodial death on their hands is just a drop in the ocean comparatively.

Not my doing, or you Charlie but it reflects badly on all M'sians. Irene Fernandez, stand up and take a bow in name of humanity.

Regards Charles and all.