Sister of HFMD victim shares grief online

JOHOR BARU - Two sisters will never sing or play together again now that one of them has died.

"There is nobody left to sing with me and fight with me for the car's front seat now," said the elder sister of the Year One pupil believed to have died of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

The Year Five pupil, who went by the Facebook name of Kitty Goh, took to social media to share her sorrow on Sunday.

"Goh Zi Shan, how could you leave us so suddenly? You have to be a cute little angel over there. We shall meet again when there is a chance in future," the elder sister's posting read.

It was reported that the victim had suffered from fever and pains on her arms and mouth for five days before being admitted to Hospital Sultan Ismail on Friday. She was pronounced dead the next day.

Johor Health and Environment exco member Datuk Ayub Rahmat said 12 out of 252 pupils from the school's morning and afternoon sessions who were screened yesterday were suspected to have HFMD.

The affected pupils were told to seek treatment at clinics.

A team of health officers has also been sent to the homes of 32 absent students from both sessions to conduct screenings.

Ayub said the school had been ordered to disinfect its classrooms, canteen and bathrooms, adding that the sample results of the screenings would be known in the next three days.

He said the deceased girl's blood samples were sent to the National Public Health Laboratory in Sungai Buloh, Selangor, and that the results would be known within a week.