[The Edge Markets] Malaysians cautioned about dangers of flood-borne diseases and skipping meds
Lim (left) and Choy. Choy says it is paramount that flood survivors continue with their medication for chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension.
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 7): Malaysians have been cautioned to be aware of the dangers brought about by flood-borne diseases, while chronic illness patients are reminded of the danger of skipping their long-term medication.
In a joint statement on Friday (Jan 7), prescription pharmacy chain Alpro Pharmacy and telemedicine provider DOC2US said while the recovery process is under way, water levels are still high in many places.
Alpro and DOC2US have pledged to help flood victims who need chronic medication under their Life-saving Medication Care Programme.
Alpro chief pharmacist and director of engagement Lim En Ni said poor sanitation and hygiene in flood areas could act as a catalyst for flood-borne diseases such as leptospirosis, cholera and dengue fever.
She said Alpro will provide a one-time chronic medication supply to communities affected by natural disasters for up to seven days for free.
Meanwhile, DOC2US co-founder and chief executive officer Dr Raymond Choy said it is paramount that flood survivors continue with their medication for chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension.
“In addition to the flood-borne risks, straying from prescribed medication may put them at higher risk of morbidity,” he added.
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