|Trainees at the Army Basic Training Centre in Port Dickson queuing up to undergo health checks. Three police trainees have tested positive for adenovirus infection.|
PORT DICKSON: Three police trainees at the Army Basic Training Centre here have tested positive for adenovirus infection. Their condition is reported to be stable.
Fifteen other trainees with flu-like symptoms have been warded at the district hospital for further tests.
A total of 3,138 trainees are stationed at the army camp currently.
They include 1,000 police constables who have been undergoing training under the National Blue Ocean Strategy I programme since January.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who visited the camp yesterday, said preventive measures had been taken, including isolating trainees who registered temperatures above 38C.
Ahmad Zahid said trainees would also be required to drink between three and four litres of water daily to prevent dehydration and boost their immunity.
“We are doing all we can to ensure that no other trainee falls ill.
“Hand sanitisers have been provided and trainees have to wear protective masks,” he said.
State health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan said a makeshift clinic was set up at the army camp to screen trainees on March 28 after the first case was detected two days earlier.
“So far, we have screened 133 cases. These were trainees who had symptoms of influenza-like illnesses.
“Any trainee that fits the case definition with a temperature of above 38C will be isolated for at least five days,” she said.
Dr Zailan said those whose symptoms were more serious would be admitted to the hospital, adding that two doctors were stationed at the camp. - theStarOnline