PUTRAJAYA: The people are advised to contact the Health District Office if they are not certain or suspicious about the visiting health officer to their housesto render services relating to COVID-19.
Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the people could ask the health officer for his/her authority card and that person should wear proper attire or uniform following the Ministry of Health (MOH) procedure.
“Usually the health officers will come to the house of the “person under investigation” (PUI). Depending on the case, health officers do come to the people’s house for medical purposes,” Dr. Noor Hisham said at the press conference held here today.
He was responding to a case where health officers came to one person’s house with a van written Ministry of Health and was alleged as “officers in disguise” and it went viral in the social media.
Dr. Noor Hisham said, the Ministry of Health had lodged a police report and thecase was already settled as investigation found that they were genuinely officersfrom the ministry.
The Director General of Health also explained that the health officers will only do screen test following the criteria that has been set.
However anybody can be screened test for COVID-19 in the private clinic as it is encouraged by the government.
On the other hand, Dr. Noor Hisham said the private clinics and hospitals will only inform the Ministry if they detected positive COVID-19 case.
“Every laboratory has their own system. For the COVID-19 pandemic we need an integrated system as in the Public Health Laboratory Information System or Sistem Informasi Makmal Kesihatan Awam,” Dr. Noor Hisham said.
Dr. Noor Hisham added, the ministry started with 23 laboratories early this yearand now 53 laboratories could test 35,000 samples per day in line with the projected capacity.
On the latest situation of COVID-19, Dr. Noor Hisham said, there are 41 new cases bringing the accumulative total to 8,494 while 54 cases have been discharged recording the total to 7,400 or 87.1%.
He added 973 cases are still active and have been treated in the hospitals. There is no death case today (June 15) and the death toll remains at 121.
Dr. Noor Hisham said, out of 41 new cases, three are imported while 38 are local transmissions that include 32 foreigners and six Malaysians. –Malaysia World News