JOHOR BAHRU: Twenty-one students are still in hospital after having inadvertently inhaled methane fumes from a chemical dumped into a river near their school in Pasir Gudang yesterday, said Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching.
The students are among the 39 people still warded at the Sultan Ismail Hospital after having inhaled the fumes from the chemical discarded in Sungai Kim Kim.
Teo said 12 of the students are from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Pasir Putih, Pasir Gudang, and the remaining nine, from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Pasir Putih.
“Two of the 12 students of SMK Pasir Putih, both girls, are in intensive care but their condition is stable,” she told reporters after visiting the students at the hospital. She was accompanied by the hospital’s deputy director (medical II), Dr Surya Masrom.
Teo said that besides the 21 students, a canteen operator is also in the same hospital, in intensive care, and a history teacher is in the ordinary ward.