Students with TB allowed back to UTM

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JOHOR BARU — Two Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) undergraduates sent to Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) after contracting Tuberculosis (TB) have been discharged after they were deemed to be in stable condition.

UTM deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs) Professor Dr Durrish Idrus said the two locals, both in their 20s, were not at risk to others in the university and have been allowed to resume their studies.

“They are now monitored by UTM’s Health Centre and given medication and treatment, as well as being required to make periodic checks,” she told the Malay Mail.

Dr Durrish said as an added measure to ensure no other students were infected, the health centre will screen those who have been in close contact with the duo, especially their hostel mates at their faculty.

“We wish to stress parents and the public need not worry because the affected undergraduates will be cured by taking their prescribed medication daily while being closely monitored by the UTM Health Centre,” she said.

She said the university worked closely with the health authorities on matters concerning students’ well-being.

On Thursday, Johor Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat confirmed the state health authorities will initiate screening procedures following reports that two UTM undergraduates have recently contracted TB.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that generally affects the lungs, and can be fatal if left untreated.