COVID-19: Parents have to wash their hands before touching the children

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PUTRAJAYA: Parents are reminded to give good quality care for their children to protect them from COVID-19 infections.

Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, currently the Malaysian parents are doing well in taking care of their children as up to date there is no severe case happening in the country.

However he said, as of May 16, there are 317 positive COVID cases among the children, out of which 112 cases or 35% involves those less than four years old.

Meanwhile, in Selangor, there are 77 cases under 12 years old, Negeri Sembilan 48; Johor 46; Federal Territory 28 and Sabah with 26.

“The children need early education on cleanliness like washing the hands with water and soap or sanitizer, wearing mask in public places and social distancing of one meter from each other and avoid 3C -crowded place, confined area and close conversation.

“The children have to avoid physical touch, practice ethical sneezing and coughing, disinfections, stay at home and get treatment if symptoms persist,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.

Dr. Noor Hisham also warned the parents not to touch their children without washing their hands with soap/sanitizer as every time they come back from work or anywhere, they will bring along the virus of COVID-19.

“When the people celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri or any festive season, they would go to their parents’ home. When meeting the elderly people do not forget to adhere to the 3C and 3W in the standard operating procedure (SOP) under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO),” he reiterated.

In another development, Dr. Noor Hisham said, more than 750 people including Members of Parliament and staffs have undergone health screening tests and until today there is no positive COVID-19 case while tomorrow (May 17) the final results will be out after 24 hours.

On the latest COVID-19 situation in Malaysia, Dr.Noor Hisham reported, there are 73 patients discharged bringing the accumulative total to 5,512 or 80.2%, while 17 new cases mark the accumulative total to 6,872 cases while 1,247 are still under treatment in the hospitals.

Among the new cases, Dr. Noor Hisham said, six cases are imported from overseas while 11 are local transmissions with five involving the foreigners. Currently there are 13 cases admitted to the intensive care units (ICU) while five need respiratory aids.

“There is one death case bringing the death toll to 113 or 1.64% from the total number of cases,” he said.

According to Dr. Noor Hisham, the death was a female aged 53, suffered from cancer of the lungs at the maximum stage and hypertension.

He said the death in this case could either be due to COVID-19 or the lung cancer. However the Ministry of Health still placed her in the COVID-19 list. -Malaysia World News.


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