Friday, August 14, 2009

Palace Workers Quarantined Due To H1n1

KUANTAN, Aug 14 (Bernama) -- All Istana Abdul Aziz workers here have been quarantined until Sunday in the wake of the Influenza A(H1N1) infection involving the Tengku Puan Pahang, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, and her five children.

Members of the royal court as well as palace officials and staff members were also prohibited from leaving or entering the palace since Saturday, the day the Tengku Puan Pahang was admitted to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital, here.

This was confirmed by Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah when contacted at the hospital's royal ward.

"No one is allowed to leave or enter the palace until Aug 16," she said via a text message.

It was not immediately known how many were involved in the quarantine.

Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah also said that she and her five children, aged between seven and 14 years old, who were were admitted to the hospital on Friday, were recovering well.

Meanwhile in KUALA TERENGGANU, Higher Education Minister Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the ministry would not rush into closing institutions of higher learning in the wake of the pandemic.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, he said, the ministry would obtain the views of the Health Ministry before taking any action.

"We are in constant contact with the Health Ministry to obtain views on ways to contain the illness," he said.

Meanwhile, members of the media are among those at risk of being infected with the Influenza A(H1N1) virus due to their nature of job.

Melaka Mass Media Club president Mohd Raffie Bachik said that reporters and photographers had be all over the place to report on the pandemic, including in hospitals, thus exposing them to infection.

He urged members of the media to take the necessary precautions by wearing face masks and observing personal hygiene.

The media, he said, should also play their role in enhancing awareness among the people on how to protect themselves from infection.

In KUANTAN State Education Director Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Latiff said the department had received RM62,000 from the Education Ministry to purchase A(H1N1) prevention items such as face masks, thermometers and sanitizers.

"We will distribute these items to schools in the near future," he said.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, meanwhile, called for a much simpler procedure in obtaining medications related to the A(H1N1) when they become available in the market within the next few months.

In a statement, he also urged the people to abide by the advice of the Health Ministry to contain the spread of the illness. -- BERNAMA

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