KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- Measures to contain the spread of Influenza A (H1N1) are being intensified nationwide, especially to enhance public awareness on the need for them to avoid being exposed to the risks of getting the virus.
In Seremban, for example, the authorities have conducted screening on civil servants working at Wisma Negeri, as well as members of the public entering the premises.
Today, three visitors were not allowed to enter the building when their body temperature was found to be above 38 degrees Celsius.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan told reporters after the state executive council meeting that the screening at the entrance to Wisma Negeri was conducted to avoid the spread of the pandemic to government offices.
"Furthermore, we use a centralised air-conditioning system. Germs can spread through the air-conditioning system," he added.
He said the state government had also reduced the number of official functions as part of the measures to contain the spread of H1N1.
In Ipoh, Perak Barisan Nasional Back Benchers Club chairman Datuk Nadzri Ismail suggested the state government to hold the "solat hajat" (special prayers) at all mosques and suraus to ward off the disease.
"Besides medicine supply, treatment method and information sessions conducted in schools, we also have to organise religious programmes," he added.
In ALOR SETAR, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak also advised Muslims in the state to hold the special prayers to ward off the illness.
On holding of social functions, he said the state government was waiting for further directives from the federal government before deciding whether or not to ban such events.
Meanwhile, schools continue to conduct information sessions for their students, as well as check their body temperature, as part of the preventive measures against H1N1.
In Kuantan, State Education Director Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Latiff has ordered schools to temporarily ceased organising outside activities to prevent the spread of H1N1. -- BERNAMA