Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Health Minister Asks Manufacturers To Produce More Convenient Face Masks

KLANG, Sept 1 (Bernama) -- Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai on Tuesday called on manufacturers to come up with more convenient and suitable face masks for adults and school children to help check the spread of Influenza A(H1N1).

"I have seen adults and school children being uncomfortable wearing face masks which are too big and loose for them. The mask wouldn't be effective if it is loose.

"As such, the manufacturers should consider coming up with suitable and tighter masks for these groups of people," he told reporters after presenting surgical masks to schools in the Klang parliamentary constituency.

Meanwhile, Liow said 1,373 people with Influenza-like Illness (ILI) were under treatment in hospitals, with 193 of them confirmed as H1N1 cases.

He also said that 272 new ILI cases had been warded over 24 hours up to 8am on Tuesday.

Liow said that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the H1N1 pandemic would prolong for another six months to a year and that the pandemic was spreading to countries in the east.

He also said that the ministry was buying the H1N1 vaccine from reputable companies which had conducted much research and development (R&D) and many clinical tests, and that it had not been hasty in deciding on the purchase of the vaccine.

He said the Cabinet had approved RM150 million to enhance intensive care for H1N1 patients in all government hospitals in the country. -- BERNAMA

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