Friday, 2 October 2009

18 immigration detainees die every month in detention in Malaysia


Immigration detention centres in Malaysia are death traps for the foreign detainees who are obviously neglected and denied the basic human rights of medical care, good nutrition and sanitary living conditions.

Suhakam commissioner N. Siva Subramaniam stated that such centres must observe better health standards to ensure they do not become a breeding ground for viruses,

He said that about 1,300 detainees had died in six years from infection at these detention centres.

This means an average of 18 people die at these 22 centres each month.

“Many of them die because of tuberculosis and chikungunya,” he stated.

Others have reportedly died of Leptospirosis (also known as Weil's disease, Weil's syndrome, canicola fever, canefield fever, nanukayami fever, 7-day fever, "Fort Bragg fever," and "Pretibial fever" which is caused by water and or food, etc., becoming contaminated by urine or other body fluid from infected animal such as rats and mice and other preventable causes.

Scanning electron microscope of a number of Leptospira sp. bacteria atop a 0.1 ┬Ám polycarbonate filter

This is a rare disease, but not in the unsanitary conditions found in detention centres in Malaysia which are plainly unfit for human habitation.

Humans become infected through contact with water, food, or soil containing urine from these infected animals.

This may happen by swallowing contaminated food or water or through skin contact.

The disease is not known to be spread from person to person and cases of bacterial dissemination in convalescence are extremely rare in humans.

Humans become infected through contact with water, food, or soil containing urine from these infected animals. This may happen by swallowing contaminated food or water or through skin contact.

The disease is not known to be spread from person to person and cases of bacterial dissemination in convalescence are extremely rare in humans.



Leptospirose magnified 200 times with dark-field microscope

ICD-10 A27.

DiseasesDB 7403

MedlinePlus

001376

eMedicine

med/1283

emerg/856

ped/1298

MeSH



The prisons and police station lock-ups in Malaysia are not much better either; many deaths occur in police custody and in prisons too.

This brings great shame to Malaysia, and it indicates how cheaply human life is regarded by the authorities and the government of Malaysia.

Malaysia is fortunate not to be much affected by natural calamities, but the authorities and the government make up for this by their total lack of care for their own people and foreigners who are detained for whatever reason in the various detention hell holes in Malaysia, where dying of preventable diseases is the norm in 21st Century Malaysia.


Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem


As long as we are among humans, let us be humane.



Respice post te, mortalem te esse memento


Look around you, remember that you are mortal



Ubi amor, ibi oculus


Where love is, there is insight



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