MOH to carry out health tests in 17 senior citizen care centres

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PUTRAJAYA MAY 3: The Ministry of Health (MOH) will carry out health tests in 17 senior citizen care centres namely Rumah Sri Kenangan and Rumah Ehsan under the management of the Social Welfare Department.

Health Director General, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the health test is very important for the senior citizens to be protected as they are the vulnerable group for COVID-19 infections.

“From the data of COVID-19 death cases, those above 60 years old and with chronic illnesses are the high risked groups.

The dead are in the age range of 61-70 with 32 cases or 32.2% and 71-80 age categories with 19 cases or 19.2%.

“Most of the senior citizens who died had non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart problems while smokers and obese arealso categorised as the high risked groups,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a press conference here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, senior citizens including the parents and grandparents who stay with their children and grand children respectively must be protected from COVID-19 infections.

He added, under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that starts on May 4, the senior citizens have to adhere to the 3C which includes avoid from crowded places, confined space and close conversation.

Dr. Noor Hsham said, while in public places, the senior citizens have to put on masks, social distancing of one meter from each other and have optimum personal hygiene.

The Director General of Health also mentioned that the ministry has detected a new cluster of COVID-19 positive involving 28 migrant workers at the Kuala Lumpur building site.

He said the new cluster is linked with other clusters and they might stay in the same apartment.

“We are still investigating the link between the clusters of the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market with Kampung Baru.

On the current COVID-19 situation Dr. Noor Hisham said, there were 122 new cases bringing the cumulative total to 6,298, 87 were discharged for the record of 4,413 (70%) and two deaths bringing the death toll to 105.

“From the new cases, 52 are imported while 70 are from local infections and 27 are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and 13 need respiratory aids,” –Malaysia World News

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