Saturday, August 22, 2009

H1N1: 310 Discharged From Hospitals, No Deaths Recorded

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 (Bernama) -- No fatalities were recorded for the second consecutive day, as 310 Influenza A(H1N1) cases were discharged from hospitals as of 8am on Saturday.

The number of deaths due to Influenza A(H1N1) remained at 68 while 1,476 cases are being treated at 102 hospitals nationwide including three private hospitals, said Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican in a statement on Saturday.

The number include 230 patients warded and receiving treatment for Influenza-Like Illness (ILI), he said.

From the 1,476 total, 316 were tested positive for H1N1 and 40 of the cases were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

"Of the 40 cases in ICU, 25 cases are in the high risk group," said Dr Mohd Ismail in the statement.

Dr Mohd Ismail said according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report, H1N1 pandemic was still active in 182 countries.

He added that as of 8am on Saturday, the WHO had reported 1,227 new cases and 34 deaths, raising the overall total of HiN1 cases to 234,569 and the number of deaths, to 2,433.

Dr Mohd Ismail advised people with ILI or those with H1N1 like symptoms to stay away from public places, including avoiding crowded places like Ramadan bazaars, mosques and other religious places.

"Those who have slight cough or fever should also avoid such places and if they have to go to such places, they must wear masks to reduce the risk factor," he said. -- BERNAMA

H1N1: Tiada lagi kes kematian baru

KUALA LUMPUR: Seperti semalam, tiada kes kematian akibat H1N1 dilaporkan sehingga jam 9 pagi tadi tetapi 230 pesakit baru dengan gejala ILI dimasukkan ke wad.

Angka korban H1N1 di Malaysia kekal 68 mangsa.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican, berkata pada masa sama 310 pesakit telah dibenar pulang, menjadikan baki seramai 1,476 pesakit sedang dirawat di 102 hospital termasuk tiga hospital swasta di seluruh negara.

Katanya, daripada jumlah ini, hanya 316 pesakit atau 21 peratus yang disahkan positif H1N1.

"Daripada 316 kes yang disahkan H1N1, 40 kes berada di ICU di mana empat kes adalah kemasukan baru sementara lapan kes dipindah keluar dari ICU.

"Daripada 40 kes yang sedang dirawat di ICU, 25 kes (63%) mempunyai faktor risiko iaitu kanak-kanak/bayi (7), diabetes (5), penyakit kronik (5), asma/COAD (3), obesiti (3), mengandung/postnatal (1) dan kanak-kanak istimewa (1)," katanya dalam kenyataan media hari ini. - Berita Harian.

Pengundi tak perlu bimbang penularan H1N1

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Pengundi tidak perlu bimbang untuk keluar mengundi pada pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Permatang Pasir, Selasa ini kerana pelbagai langkah pencegahan awal penularan selesema babi atau Influenza A (H1N1) sudah diambil.

Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, berkata pengundi boleh keluar beramai-ramai untuk mengundi dan tidak perlu risau dengan penularan penyakit H1N1.

Beliau berkata, Kementerian Kesihatan dan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) sudah mengambil pelbagai langkah pencegahan termasuk mengedarkan topeng muka percuma.

"Kita juga memberi taklimat kepada pegawai SPR mengenai langkah pencegahan penyakit itu serta bekalan topeng muka untuk diedarkan kepada pengundi.

"Beberapa pegawai kesihatan pula akan memantau semua lokasi pusat mengundi di DUN Permatang Pasir bagi memastikan pengundi mematuhi arahan ditetapkan kementerian untuk membendung wabak itu," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan kempen pencegahan H1N1 di Bukit Indera Muda di sini, semalam.

Sehingga pagi semalam, sebanyak 380 kes baru dijangkiti H1N1 di seluruh negara, menjadikan jumlah keseluruhannya seramai 5,876 orang dijangkiti penyakit itu.

Bagaimanapun, tiada kematian dicatatkan berbanding kelmarin dan setakat ini, jumlah kematian kekal 68 orang. - Berita Harian.

Tiada kes kematian dalam 24 jam

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Tiada kematian akibat wabak selesema babi (H1N1) sepanjang tempoh 24 jam menjadikan jumlah korban akibat wabak itu sehingga semalam, kekal 68 orang sejak kematian pertama membabitkan seorang pelajar warga Indonesia, dilaporkan pada 21 Julai lalu.

Bagaimanapun, bilangan kes jangkitan terus meningkat dengan 380 kes baru dilaporkan sehingga semalam menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan kes jangkitan di negara ini mencecah 5,876.

Memberitahu pemberita selepas merasmikan kempen pencegahan H1N1 di Bukit Indera Muda, di sini, semalam, Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai berkata, sehingga kini, seramai 1,556 pesakit sedang menerima rawatan di 98 hospital seluruh negara dan 44 daripadanya ditempatkan di Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU).

Sementara itu, Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican, berkata daripada 44 kes yang sedang dirawat di ICU, 20 kes mempunyai faktor risiko iaitu penyakit kronik (tujuh), hamil dan bersalin (empat), bayi (empat), asma (dua), obesiti (dua) dan kanak-kanak istimewa (satu).

Dr Mohd Ismail berkata, orang ramai boleh mendapatkan bekalan ubat antiviral daripada klinik kesihatan swasta yang menyertai rangkaian Klinik Cegah dan Rawat H1N1 yang dilancarkan pada 20 Ogos lalu. - Berita Harian.

Liow: 400,000 doses by next year

BANGI: A total of 400,000 doses of A(H1N1) vaccine will be received the latest by early next year, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

“We can only order a limited amount, as every country in the world is ordering the vaccine too. We are currently finding other firms that can provide the vaccine.

“We placed our order early and hope that we will receive it early,” he told reporters after launching Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) alumni bulletin yesterday.

“The World Health Organisation is not sure whether the vaccine is effective. It has to go through clinical trial.

“If if the virus mutates, the vaccine will not be effective. So we have to monitor from time to time,” said Liow.

He urged the public to take extra precaution during Ramadan.

“The Government wish that the public remember to maintain the standard of hygiene at the Ramadan bazaars,” he said.

Also at the launch was The Star’s group chief editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai who delivered his alumni lecture titled “New Malaysia: The Changing Political and Media Landscape.”

Both Liow and Wong are UKM alumni.

In his lecture, Wong talked about the political situation in a post-March 8.

“We have a more responsive government. For instance, they are willing to review the Internal Security Act,” he said, adding that media laws were being reviewed while the Government was considering allowing gatherings without permits at specific places.

Wong also shared his first-hand experiences on how new technologies and social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter had changed the face of local media.

He said most newspapers had already invested into multimedia, adding that their online portals also enjoyed a huge readership base.

Meanwhile, in Bukit Mertajam, Liow urged the public to use hand sanitisers to prevent the transmission of the A(H1N1) virus.

He said there were 380 new cases reported yesterday, bringing the total in the country to 5,876 cases to date. There were no deaths reported yesterday. - The Star.

MMA Explains Why Private Hospitals May Turn Away H1N1 Patients

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- Private clinics and hospitals are ever ready to treat people suspected to be suffering from Influenza A(H1N1) and will only turn away such patients if they lack adequate medical facilities, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) said Friday.

MMA president Dr David Quek Kwang Leng said he did not believe that private clinics or hospitals would turn away suspected Influenza A(H1N1) patients for any other reason.

He made this clarification to Bernama when commenting on a statement by Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai yesterday that some private clinics and hospitals were reluctant to treat such patients and had referred them to government clinics or hospitals instead.

Dr Quek said H1N1 patients who sought treatment in private clinics or hospitals would have been referred to government hospitals later for a number of reasons.

"The private clinics or hospitals may not have adequate facilities, they may not be skilled in treating such cases or the patients may have serious complications. In some cases, the patients themselves may have asked to be transferred to government hospitals due to the higher cost of treatment at private hospitals," he said.

Earlier, in an e-mailed statement, Dr Quek said smaller private medical centres might not be adequately staffed or equipped to handle more seriously ill respiratory failure patients.

"But this is also the situation in some smaller district hospitals of the public sector. Furthermore, some of these gravely ill patients would not survive despite the most aggressive treatment strategies, under any circumstances," he said.

Dr Quek also said that private doctors were currently working hard with the Health Ministry to curb the disease although some of them and their clinic staff have become infected.

"But, thankfully, so far we have not received any news of more serious consequences such as death. So, private doctors are also exposed to this threat but continue to look after their patients, including those with flu-like illnesses," he added.

Commenting on claims by some private clinics that they did not receive any guidelines on how to deal with H1N1, Dr Quek said they could check the Health Ministry and MMA websites for updates. -- BERNAMA

Ramadan Bazaar Patrons Advised To Wear Masks

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- Ramadan bazaar traders and patrons are advised to wear masks to check the spread of the Influenza A(H1N1).

Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail said they must take the initiative to reduce the risk of spreading the disease because the bazaars normally attracted huge crowds.

He said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall had issued 7,600 trading licences for the ramadan bazaars this year compared with 890 last year.

He advised traders with flu-like symptoms to impose self-quarantine and stay home to avoid spreading the disease to others.

"We can refund their money for the licences (if they cannot trade). There's not need to worry about losing money. They should value their health," he told Bernama on Friday.

The fees for the trading licences vary according to location, with the fee to operate for 21 days in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman costing RM389. -- BERNAMA

Sarawak To Get Its Own H1N1 Test Lab Next Month

KUCHING, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- Sarawak will get its own test laboratory by the middle of next month to enable the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) to conduct tests for Influenza A(H1N1).

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said Friday the lab would speed up the Influenza A(H1N1) tests without having to send the samples to the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) in Kuala Lumpur or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Sabah.

"Four medical staff are undergoing training (to conduct tests) while some of the equipment are here and a few more are to be bought. We think that by mid-September we should be able to test our own samples," he told reporters at the state Health Department here.

Previously, swab specimens from suspected Influenza A(H1N1) patients were sent to the IMR and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where results are usually known in 24 hours but because of the backlog of cases, results take much longer.

Dr Chan, who is also the state Disaster Relief Committee chairman, urged the people to brace for the peaking of Influenza A(H1N1), signalling that the worse is yet to come.

"We believe that the flu has not reached its peak in the state. We hope it would peak soon. The sooner it peaks the better so the transmission rate will come down," he said.

He added that the number of people seeking treatment for influenza-like-illness(ILI) as well as those needing admission in the state continued to increase.

He said that in mid-July this year around 0.5 per cent of total outpatient attendances in government clinics showed ILI but one month later the figure had increased to 5.5 per cent in mid-August.

"The number of clusters occurring in schools, higher learning institutions and childcare centres in Kuching, Sibu and Miri has declined dramatically since its peak in the first week of August," he said.

He advised pregnant women to take precautions to avoid getting infected because half of the six deaths reported in the state were related to pregnancy.

"Pregnant mothers should avoid crowded places, observe strict personal hygiene, especially hand washing, use face masks and seek early treatment if you have signs and symptoms of flu," he said. --BERNAMA.

Liam Members Will Pay Claims For H1N1 Deaths And Treatment

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- The Life Insurance Association of Malaysia (Liam) said Friday that all the 16 life insurance companies under its association will pay claims arising from deaths and hospitalisation due to influenza A (H1N1).

"Even though a majority of the medical policies carry exclusion on communicable diseases requiring quarantine by law, life insurers are responding to an immediate need of the nation in light of the increasing number of people who have been infected," it said in a statement.

It said, however, that insurers would continue to monitor the situation and would inform policy holders of any change in decision.

The General Insurance Association of Malaysia (Piam) said the health coverage and policies varied among insurance companies.

"It depends on the companies whether to include Influenza A(H1N1) in their policy. We cannot force them to change their policies," Piam technical advisor Tan Eng Leong told Bernama.

According to the Piam website, health policies generally do not exclude hospitalisation treatment for infections or communicable diseases like H1N1.

"However, some policies do expressly exclude cover for communicable diseases requiring quarantine by law. This means that if H1N1 is classified as a communicable disease requiring quarantine by law in Malaysia, then the policy would not cover such medical expenses," he said.

Malaysian Medical Association president Dr David Quek Kwang Leng urged insurers to be more magnanimous and empathetic under such crises.

"We are facing some problems with health insurance companies, however. This is especially the case in private hospitals where many insurance companies are refusing to reimburse for the treatment because it appears that in the contract for medical insurance, pandemic illness is excluded," he said.

He praised Etiqa Health insurance for stating publicly that H1N1 flu was a reimbursable illness.

"We urge other health insurers to follow suit. Otherwise our hands are tied somewhat in helping to deliver the best care possible," he added. -- BERNAMA

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Stay Home Advice For People With Flu Symptoms

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- People with symptoms of flu have been advised to stay away from public places as the Health Ministry reported 257 new cases of Influenza A(H1N1) over the 24 hours up to 8am on Wenesday.

Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said people with symptoms of flu should avoid going to public places such as shopping malls and not use public transportation.

"The Health Ministry has found that many people suffering from Influenza A(H1N1) were not cooperating well enough to contain the spread of the disease," he said in a statement when disclosing the latest figures on the pandemic.

He said in the statement that no deaths were reported in the 24 hours up to 8am on Wenesday. As of 8am yesterday, the death toll from the disease was 67.

Of the 257 new cases reported, 36 were under treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of hospitals, and 21 of these cases had been classified as being in the risk category, with the patients suffering from diabetes, chronic ailments, or asthma, or being pregnant or in post-delivery period, or obese, or being special children or children under one year of age, he said.

Dr Mohd Ismail said people with symptoms of even a mild flu could spread the virus to other when they coughed or sneezed.

"As such, those with flu symptoms should remain at home and not visit public places, places of work or schools until they have recovered," he said.

He advised the people to keep themselves updated on the developments and preventive measures by surfing the special H1N1 website, http://h1n1.moh.gov.my, or contacting the hotlines 03-88810200 or 03-88810300. -- BERNAMA

257 kes baru H1N1

KUALA LUMPUR 19 Ogos — Seramai 257 pesakit disahkan positif Influenza A (H1N1) dan tiada kematian akibat jangktan wabak itu dilapor hari ini, kata Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican.

Beliau berkata daripada 257 kes baru itu, 36 kes di rawat di Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) dengan 21 kes mempunyai faktor risiko seperti diabetes, penyakit kronik, asma, hamil dan bersalin, obesiti, kanak-kanak istimewa dan bayi.

“Kementerian Kesihatan mendapati masih ramai pesakit yang mengalami jangkitan Influenza A (H1N1) yang tidak memberi kerjasama yang baik dalam mengawal penularan wabak ini,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini.

Dr Mohd Ismail turut meminta mereka yang mempunyai simptom penyakit itu supaya lebih bertanggungjawab dengan tidak mengunjungi tempat awam seperti pusat membeli belah dan mengelak daripada menaiki kenderaan awam.

“Mereka yang mempunyai simptom influenza walaupun ringan, masih boleh disebar kepada orang lain apabila mereka ini batuk atau bersin. Oleh itu, sesiapa yang ada simptom ini mesti berada di rumah, jangan mengunjungi tempat awam, tempat kerja atau sekolah sehingga tidak bersimptom lagi,” katanya.

Orang ramai juga dinasihat sentiasa mengikuti perkembangan semasa dan langkah-langkah pencegahan dengan melayari laman web khas H1N1 di http://h1n1.moh.gov.my atau menghubungi talian hotline 03-88810200 atau 03-88810300. - Utusan.

NSTLIVE with Tan Sri Ismail Merican: Virus attacking the respiratory system

KUALA LUMPUR: Based on its observations of influenza A (H1N1)-related deaths in the country, the Health Ministry notes that the virus is targeting the respiratory system.

"Most of those who died from H1N1 suffered from acute respiratory distress syndrome resulting from severe fulminant pneumonia," Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said on NSTLive at Balai Berita yesterday.

He said as the H1N1-related pneumonia was a viral pneumonia, pneumoccoccal vaccine would not be effective.

"There are many types of pneumonia, including viral and bacterial pneumonias. Pneumococcal pneumonia is caused by the pneumoccocus bacteria and normally, most patients with such a pneumonia will respond effectively to antibiotics.

"It will help those who are vulnerable, including the very young and the very old.

"However, it is not effective against H1N1-related pneumonia as it is a viral pneumonia."

Dr Ismail also said that pregnant mothers were at higher risk of getting complications from H1N1 and should, therefore, be given due consideration in regards to treatment.

"I have advised all my frontliners to do two things swiftly: whisk those who appear ill or are coughing, pregnant mothers and the obese straight to see the doctors; and to make sure that those who bring patients to the hospital are wearing face masks.

- Excerpts from the NSTLive session:

FluBug: Tamiflu is said to be effective if taken within 48 hours of contracting H1N1. But it sometimes takes more than 48 hours to get test results to confirm H1N1. I heard on the radio that the majority of the deaths were from delayed treatment. What is to be done here?

Dr Ismail: We have stressed that anti-virals like Tamiflu should be given to those with co-morbid conditions, those with high fever persisting more than two days. For those who do not fall into the above category, they may still be treated if they have serious symptoms. We let the attending doctor use his professional judgment for the latter group. There is no need to wait for the test before getting the Tamiflu if you fall into the two groups.

Seri: Some people say it is better to get the H1N1 now so that when the virus mutates and you get it, it will not be bad. Is this true?

Dr Ismail: If you happen to get H1N1 now and you recover, obviously you will get the immunity against H1N1.

But this does not mean you will be protected against a new strain that has mutated.

Vee: Some people are coughing and have got runny nose but they don't have the fever. Some say only when you have fever that the hospital will check for H1N1, although cough and flu are among the symptoms. So how, Tan Sri?

Dr Ismail: I wouldn't advise the public to get test done for mild symptoms. I would rather focus on patients who are admitted and those with severe symptoms. We notice that although there may be patients without fever, those with high fever have got the more serious illness. That is why we recommend anti-virals for those with persisting high fever.

Drama King: Is there a vaccine to stop this virus? I heard the death toll was much higher than what was reported. Is that true?

Dr Ismail: There is a vaccine that is currently undergoing clinical trials overseas.

Hopefully, this vaccine will be made available to us by October. As for the number of deaths reported, we have been transparent and there has been no under reporting.

Faizal: Can an active ingredient called BlueOxy be used against influenza A type H1N1 virus??

Dr Ismail: BlueOxy has apparently undergone tests to say that it is effective against H1N1.

Tropicana: Tan Sri, why are pandemic hot spots not disclosed to the public? Doesn't this pose serious public health consequences when the public unknowingly go to such hot spots?

Dr Ismail: There is no such thing as a hot spot area as the disease is spreading quite fast in the community.

Kevin: Do you see an end to the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic in the not too distant future?

Dr Ismail: We have already alerted the public that this disease is going to around for a long time at least six months to a year.

So it is better for us to get prepared and adhere to the advice of the Health Ministry and take the necessary precautionary measures. - NST.

Tengku Puan Pahang, anak bebas H1N1


TENGKU Puan Pahang ceria bersama putera dan puteri baginda ketika meninggalkan Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA), di Kuantan, semalam.

KUANTAN: "Tempoh 12 hari menjalani rawatan di wad selepas disahkan dijangkiti Influenza A (H1N1) adalah saat paling getir dalam hidup saya apatah lagi mengenangkan nasib lima anakanda yang turut menempuh saat mencemaskan ini," kata Tengku Puan Pahang, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar.

Tunku Azizah Aminah bersyukur selepas doktor mengesahkan baginda dan lima anakandanya bebas jangkitan H1N1 sebelum dibenarkan keluar dari wad Diraja Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA), kira-kira jam 11.45 pagi, semalam.

Baginda juga bersyukur melihat keadaan lima anaknya Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah, 14, Tengku Muhammad Iskandar Ri'ayatuddin Shah, 12, pasangan kembar Tengku Ahmad Ismail Mu'adzam Shah dan Tengku Puteri Afzan Aminah Hafidzatullah, 9, dan Tengku Puteri Jihan Khalsom 'Athiyatullah, 7, kini kembali ceria.

Menceritakan kembali detik apabila doktor memaklumkan anaknya Tengku Muhammad disahkan mengidap H1N1, baginda berkata, hatinya ketika itu tidak keruan dan sudah dapat menjangkakan keputusan yang akan dimaklumkan doktor.

"Masih terngiang-ngiang lagi bagaimana Tengku Muhammad ketika itu menjerit 'mama... Muhammad tidak mahu mati.... Muhammad tidak mahu H1N1," katanya.

"Bila Tengku Muhammad kata dia akan mati, saya kemudian memberitahunya bahawa kita tidak akan mati kerana sudah diberi rawatan sambil menasihatkannya rajin makan ubat, minum air banyak, jangan risau banyak berdoa serta dengar cakap mama dan doktor... Insya-Allah," katanya.

Baginda berkata, apa yang berlaku kepadanya dan anak dianggap dugaan Allah. - Berita Harian.

H1N1: Tiada kes kematian baru dilaporkan

Oleh Wan Hazmir Bakar

KUALA LUMPUR: Tiada kes kematian berkaitan Influenza A (H1N1) dilaporkan sehingga jam pagi tadi dan angka korban keseluruhan kekal pada 67 mangsa.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican, berkata sejumlah 1468 penghidap penyakit seperti influenza (ILI) sedang dirawat di 86 buah hospital termasuk enam hospital swasta di seluruh negara.

Katanya, dari jumlah itu, 257 telah disahkan positif H1N1 manakalal seramai 134 pesakit dibenarkan keluar hospital.

"Daripada 257 kes yang disahkan H1N1, 36 kes berada di unit rawatan rapi (ICU) di mana 7 kes adalah kemasukan baru sementara empat kes dipindah keluar dari ICU.

"Daripada 36 kes yang sedang dirawat di ICU, 21 kes (58%) mempunyai faktor risiko iaitu diabetes (5), penyakit kronik (4), asma (3), hamil dan bersalin (3), obesiti (2), kanak-kanak istimewa (2) dan kanak - kanak di bawah usia setahun (2)," katanya dalam kenyataan media hari ini.

Dr Mohd Ismail berkata, Kementerian Kesihatan mendapati masih ramai pesakit yang mengalami jangkitan H1N1 yang tidak memberi kerjasama yang baik dalam mengawal penularan influenza A.

Katanya, orang ramai perlu sentiasa mengikut nasihat Kementerian Kesihatan dan mendapatkan rawatan segera bagi mereka yang mengalami simptom dan berisiko tinggi untuk mendapat komplikasi akibat jangkitan H1N1.

"Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia mengucapkan terima kasih di atas kerjasama orang ramai. Tindakan tepat anda dapat membantu kami memberi perkhidmatan yang berkesan," katanya. - Berita Harian.

Statistik terperinci, contohi negara maju bendung H1N1

ANGGARAN oleh Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) bahawa lima juta atau 20 peratus rakyat negara ini berisiko dijangkiti virus selesema babi atau influenza A (H1N1) jika orang ramai tidak mengambil serius langkah pencegahan bagi menghalang penularan virus itu perlu diberi perhatian serius oleh semua rakyat Malaysia.

Jumlah anggaran ini amatlah besar sekali kerana jika tiada tindakan berkesan dan bersepadu serta kerjasama dan sokongan kuat di kalangan rakyat pastinya ia boleh memudaratkan produktiviti dan juga menjejaskan sektor ekonomi negara.

Gesaan oleh orang ramai yang mengesyorkan agar menyenaraikan statistik H1N1 merupakan satu tindakan yang boleh menyedarkan orang ramai tentang tahap keseriusan wabak ini.

Pastinya orang ramai yang berada di kawasan tertentu yang mempunyai statistik pengidap H1N1 yang tinggi akan mengambil tindakan yang lebih serius bagi mengelak risiko dijangkiti H1N1.

Pengalaman penulis sendiri ketika membentangkan kertas kerja di Asian Finance Association (AFA) Conference di Brisbane, Australia pada penghujung Jun lalu menunjukkan bahawa pihak berkuasa kesihatan wilayah Queensland menyenaraikan secara terperinci bilangan kes H1N1 mengikut kawasan pada setiap hari.

Penulis memperoleh maklumat tersebut daripada penganjur persidangan AFA sebagai salah satu langkah berjaga-jaga ketika menghadiri persidangan tersebut.

Maklumat yang terperinci amatlah penting bagi membolehkan penulis mengetahui kawasan manakah yang mempunyai statistik paling ramai menghidap H1N1.

Pada masa itu, Malaysia belum ada sebarang kes kematian.

Meskipun Queensland bukannya daerah yang teruk terjejas oleh H1N1 berbanding dengan Melbourne namun statistik ini banyak membantu sesiapa sahaja tidak kira penduduk tempatan atau warga negara asing mengenal pasti kawasan-kawasan berisiko H1N1. Ini termasuklah kes-kes yang dirawat di setiap hospital di daerah tersebut.

Perkara ini boleh diikuti oleh Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia untuk mengisytiharkan pada setiap hari statistik-statistik H1N1 mengikut negeri secara terperinci.

Di samping itu, statistik bilangan kes pesakit yang dimasukkan di hospital-hospital tidak kira kerajaan dan swasta di setiap negeri juga patut diisytiharkan.

Memang benar, amatlah sukar untuk Kementerian Kesihatan untuk mengeluarkan maklumat ini kerana khuathir keadaan panik akan berlaku dan boleh menjejaskan sektor pelancongan Malaysia.

Dalam keadaan sekarang, perkara ini tidak timbul sama sekali kerana rakyat masih tidak mempunyai kesedaran yang tinggi untuk mengambil langkah-langkah pencegahan, maka jika diumumkan secara terperinci, sekurangkurangnya keadaan "panik" akan bertukar dengan bentuk kesedaran rakyat yang tinggi bahawa mereka berada di kawasan berisiko tinggi bagi H1N1 dan ini mampu menyelamatkan banyak nyawa.

Di sini, nyawa manusia adalah lebih penting daripada segala-galanya.

Bahkan langkah-langkah pencegahan yang lebih tegas seperti dilakukan oleh negara Mexico patut dicontohi agar wabak ini dibendung sepenuhnya.

Ketegasan boleh menyelamatkan lagi nyawa seterusnya daripada menjadi mangsa atau korban H1N1. Dalam keadaan 'darurat' seperti ini, langkah bersepadu daripada semua pihak akan menjayakan usaha membendung penularan wabak ini.

Rohami Shafie

Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah - Utusan Malaysia.

Polis Kelantan disuntik vaksin H1N1

KOTA BHARU 18 Ogos - Semua pegawai dan anggota polis Kelantan mula menerima suntikan vaksin untuk mencegah jangkitan wabak selesema babi atau influenza A (H1N1) daripada terus menular ke negeri ini.

Suntikan vaksin itu diberikan kepada anggota dan pegawai polis yang sering berdepan dengan orang ramai.

Sehingga hari ini, belum terdapat pegawai atau anggota polis yang dijangkiti wabak itu di negeri ini berikutan langkah awal yang diambil oleh polis kontinjen negeri.

Ketua Polis Kelantan, Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi berkata, sebagai permulaan, semua anggota dan pegawai di Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen (IPK) Kelantan akan menerima suntikan vaksin berkenaan.

"Kita akan perluaskan suntikan vaksin H1N1 ke seluruh Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) terutama mereka yang bertugas di luar termasuk mereka yang menjalankan tugas rondaan," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita pada Majlis Pelancaran Buku Citarasa Persatuan Keluarga Polis (Perkep) di IPK Kelantan di sini hari ini.

Pelancaran buku tersebut disempurnakan oleh isteri beliau selaku Pengerusi Perkep, Datin Ramlah Mahmod. Turut hadir, semua pengerusi Perkep seluruh Kelantan dan ketua-ketua polis daerah.

Pada majlis berkenaan, Ramlah turut menyampaikan sumbangan kepada 61 kanak-kanak istimewa.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Abdul Rahim berkata, menjelang musim perayaan ini, polis akan meningkatkan penguatkuasaan bagi membanteras kegiatan penyeludupan dari negara jiran dengan kerjasama agensi penguatkuasaan lain. - Utusan Malaysia.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Gelombang ke-2 H1N1 Oktober

Oleh S Anand Kumar
anand@bharian.com.my

Musim tengkujuh dijangka percepat wabak

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia mungkin menghadapi gelombang kedua virus Influenza A (H1N1) pada Oktober, November dan Disember ini kerana musim tengkujuh dijangka mempercepatkan penularan wabak itu.

Berikutan itu, Kementerian Kesihatan mengambil langkah berjaga-jaga termasuk mengarahkan kumpulan pakar kesihatan kementerian melakukan pemantauan rapi dari semasa ke semasa.

Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, berkata pihaknya bimbang virus berkenaan akan merebak dengan serius pada musim tengkujuh kerana hujan berterusan memudahkan orang ramai, terutama kanak-kanak mendapat selesema.

"Kita khuatir komplikasi (selesema) itu kemudian akan bercampur dengan virus H1N1. Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) beberapa hari lalu juga sudah mengingatkan semua negara supaya mengambil langkah sewajarnya bagi menghadapi gelombang kedua H1N1.

"Kita memantau keadaan H1N1 secara serius. Jika kita kesan berlaku gelombang kedua, kementerian akan membuat pengumuman awal supaya rakyat dapat mengambil langkah berjaga-jaga," katanya pada sidang media selepas merasmikan Persidangan Penjagaan Kesihatan Asia 2009 di sini, semalam.

Liow berkata, ketika ini Malaysia berada di tahap kecemasan kesihatan kerana angka kematian akibat H1N1 masih di bawah 0.1 peratus.

"Sekiranya kadar kematian disebabkan H1N1 melebihi 0.4 peratus, kementerian dengan segera akan mengadakan pertemuan dengan Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) bagi mengisytiharkan darurat kesihatan," katanya.

Beliau menjelaskan mengikut panduan WHO, peratusan kematian H1N1 dikira berdasarkan jumlah kes jangkitan dan didarab 20 serta dibahagi jumlah kematian.

Berdasarkan angka korban 64 orang dan 4,425 kes jangkitan sehingga semalam, bermakna

peratusan kematian H1N1 di Malaysia kini hanya sekitar 0.007 peratus.

Mengikut perangkaan Kementerian Kesihatan semalam, 284 pesakit lagi sedang menerima rawatan di hospital manakala 33 pesakit dalam Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU).

Liow berkata, beliau sudah berbincang dengan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin pagi semalam berhubung status darurat kesihatan.

"Kerajaan mendapati negara belum di tahap untuk diumumkan darurat kesihatan kerana kadar kematian disebabkan virus H1N1 masih di bawah 0.1 peratus.

"Selain daripada jumlah kematian, kementerian juga perlu mengambil kira perkara lain seperti nasihat pakar kesihatan yang sedang memantau situasi virus ini daripada semasa ke semasa," katanya.

Liow berkata, hanya MKN mempunyai kuasa untuk mengumumkan sama ada negara perlu diisytiharkan darurat kesihatan atau tidak.

Katanya, kementerian juga sudah mengarahkan semua hospital kerajaan dan swasta memberikan ubat antiviral kepada mereka yang didapati menghidap demam secara berterusan selama dua hari.

"Ubat yang sama juga perlu diberikan kepada mereka yang mengalami simptom influenza-like illness (ILI). Doktor perlu bertindak segera bagi membendung virus berkenaan," katanya.

Beliau turut menasihatkan rakyat supaya tidak mempercayai khabar angin yang disebarkan melalui khidmat pesanan ringkas (SMS) kononnya negara sudah mengumumkan darurat kesihatan.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Liow berkata, hospital kerajaan masih kekurangan doktor, iaitu hanya 13,902 daripada 24,236 jawatan yang ditawarkan dipenuhi sehingga 31 Jun lalu,

"Bagi doktor gigi pula kita tawarkan 2,549 jawatan, tetapi hanya 1,441 dipenuhi manakala ahli farmasi, jumlah jawatan yang ditawarkan ialah 4,030 dan diisi cuma 2,986. Bagi jawatan jururawat kanan sejumlah 44,897 jawatan ditawarkan dan hanya 39,263 dipenuhi," katanya. - Berita Harian.

Face masks now a price-controlled item

By DERRICK VINESH

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Government will control the retail price of surgical masks sold at exorbitant rates while the Health Ministry vows stricter enforcement against people who fail to wear masks if they have flu-like illnesses.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Government would make the single-ply surgical mask as a price-controlled item indefinitely during the current Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.

He said the item only costs 30 sen each but some people were selling it for RM5 per piece because of the pandemic.

“Selling surgical masks at exorbitant prices during a pandemic is like mencekik darah (squeezing blood from customers),” he said.

“Under the Price Control Act 1946, we can include face mask as a price-controlled item in the context of a health emergency,” he told newsmen at the Permatang Pasir by-election nomination centre here yesterday.

Muhyiddin said the ruling would be imposed on producers, distributors and retailers of masks, adding that they should also ensure there were adequate supply of masks.

He said he would direct Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to have the item gazetted, adding that the necessary licences would be issued to the distributors.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said “it is mandatory for those suffering from influenza-like illnesses to wear face mask and if they don’t, we would take stern action against them under the Disease Control Act 1988”.

“We want the people to practise personal hygiene to reduce the spread of the flu,” said Liow, who was at the Youth Skills Development Institute here yesterday.

He said two more deaths from the flu were recorded yesterday – a seven-month-old baby and a 74-year-old woman, bringing the death toll to 64. There are 4,225 cases reported so far.

“To date, we have 284 patients still warded in hospital, of which 33 are in the intensive care unit, including 17 who are from the high-risk group – people who are obese or with chronic asthma, diabetes and undergoing post-natal recovery,” he added.

Later in Kuala Lumpur, Liow said the Government would declare a national curfew to slow down the spread of Influenza A(H1N1) if the patients’ mortality rate exceed 0.4% based on 20 times of the current confirmed cases, according to World Health Organisation guidelines.

He said the current rate was hovering between 0.1% and 0.4%, adding that the Government was treating the situation as a health emergency situation due to persistent community transmissions.

“We have taken various steps to ensure the situation can be controlled well,” he said after opening the Asia Healthcare Conference 2009 yesterday.

Liow added that a health emergency meant that there was “dynamic and persistent” community transmissions between 200 and 400 reports of confirmed cases a day.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) has called on pharmacies and other traders to sell surgical masks with minimal profit or at cost price as a national service to fight the spread of Influenza A(H1N1).

“The normal price would cost around 50 sen but the price has shot up to RM3 to RM4 each due to great demand,” said its secretary-general, Muhammad Shaani Abdullah. - The Star.

Health Ministry to hire more private docs

By YUEN MEIKENG

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry wants to hire more private doctors to work in government hospitals to supplement the 50% shortage of medical officers and specialists in the country.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the ministry would ensure private doctors were given deserving salaries and promised that their admission into public hospitals would take as fast as two weeks.

“The private doctors can work based on contract or sessions. They can work two weeks in a private hospital and spend the rest of the month in a government hospital. It would be like putting one leg in the public hospital and the other in a private hospital,” he said.

Dr Ismail was speaking to the press after delivering his keynote address on “Building A Safety Culture Through Accountability” at the 8th Ministry of Health Malaysia – Academy of Medicine of Malaysia Scientific Meeting 2009 at the Institute for Health Management here yesterday.

He said the ministry had started advertising since last week to rope in more private medical practitioners.

“In private hospitals, doctors are highly qualified but do not get extensive experience while government hospitals have too many cases but lack skilled medical officers. Therefore, we want to integrate both sides so that patients may get optimum treatment,” he added.

Dr Ismail said the ministry had received complaints from doctors who wanted to join public hospitals but waited up to a year for their applications to be processed.

“But now the ministry wants to adopt a friendly approach and we welcome anyone interested to join us,” he said, adding that the ministry also wanted to retain skilled public hospital doctors even if they were aged over 65.

He revealed that there were currently a total of 25,000 doctors in the country but the health sector still lacked manpower in every department, especially for positions such as anaesthetists, physicians and surgeons.

Those interested to work in public hospitals can download the application form from www.moh.gov.my. - The Star.

H1N1: Korban meningkat 3 lagi kepada 67 kes

KUALA LUMPUR: Tiga lagi kematian berkaitan Influenza A (H1N1) dilaporkan sehingga jam 9 pagi tadi, menjadikan keseluruhan 67 kes kematian.

Mangsa terbaru itu ialah seorang wanita berumur 33 tahun, seorang kanak-kanak perempuan berusia 10 tahun dan seorang warga emas berumur 71 tahun.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican, berkata sejumlah 276 pesakit H1N1 sedang dirawat di wad manakala 36 pesakit lagi di Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) di seluruh negara. Katanya, 156 pesakit sudah dibenar pulang dari wad dengan 129 dibekalkan antiviral.

"Daripada 36 kes yang sedang dirawat di ICU, 21 kes mempunyai faktor risiko iaitu DM (1), penyakit kronik (7), kegagalan buah pinggang (3), asma (2), obesiti (1), kecacatan otak (2), hamil dan bersalin (2) dan kanak-kanak di bawah setahun (3)," katanya dalam satu kenyataan media hari ini. - Berita Harian.

Liow Wants Immediate Treatment For High-Risk Flu Patients

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- Doctors in the public and private sectors must give immediate treatment to high-risk influenza A(H1N1) patients as most of them apparently died as a result of late treatment, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said anti-viral medicines had to be administered to high-risk patients including those with heart ailments, diabetes and asthma and having fever for more than two days.

"If you feel that you have influenza-like illnesses (ILI) and you have other sickness, we advise you to go for an anti-viral treatment.

"Do not wait for the testing of H1N1 results," he told reporters after launching the Asia Healthcare 2009 Conference here Monday.

Influenza A (H1N1) or swine flu claimed two more casualties - a seven-year-old baby boy and a 74-year-old woman - bringing the death toll to 64.

On the situation, Liow said the country was in a state of alarm and not in the health emergency situation and asked the public not to be misled that a health emergency had been declared.

He said the health emergency would be declared by the National Security Council if the death the virus mortality rate of those infected breached 0.4 per cent.

"We have disease control specialists, virologists and many others monitoring the health situation everyday and they give reports to me on the situation on the ground.

"The mortality level of the virus at the moment is below 0.1 percent, if the mortality rate goes above 0.4 percent, then we have to announce very stern measures and may even have to announce an emergency situation," he said.

Liow said the ministry would tighten monitoring to ensure that the second wave of the H1N1 pandemic would be controlled as it was reported to be more severe by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

"As we are now entering the wet season, monitoring has to be intensified especially on small children, who easily catch cold that could be infected with H1N1.

"Those having ILI should use surgical masks. If they are caught without the masks, they will be slapped with fines or charged in court for disobeying the ministry's advice," he said.

On Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's suggestion that surgical masks be made a controlled item, Liow said he would discuss it with the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry on the ceiling price.

In his speech, he said there must be better cooperation between the public and private healthcare sectors to resolve issues related to equity, accessibility, effectiveness, efficiency and the use of preventive services and health promotion.

"There is also a need for the private sector to shoulder more social responsibilities, particularly in the provision of services to the less financially endowed.

"More dialogues, seminars and workshops among public-private healthcare providers are also needed to raise the level of understanding and collaboration and to explore other strategic activities to enhance both sectors," he said. -- Bernama.

H1N1: MB Kedah mahu kerajaan isytihar darurat kesihatan

ALOR SETAR: Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, mendesak Kementerian Kesihatan mengumumkan darurat kesihatan dalam tempoh terdekat berikutan penularan wabak Influeza A (H1N1) yang disifatkan serius dan memerlukan langkah drastik bagi menyelamatkan nyawa rakyat.

Azizan berkata, beliau difahamkan Malaysia adalah negara keempat mencatat angka kematian dan jangkitan tertinggi H1N1 dan keadaan ini sekali gus mencetuskan kebimbangan di kalangan masyarakat.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan negeri bersedia untuk membatalkan semua program dan keraian yang membabitkan majlis sosial, termasuk sambutan hari kemerdekaan jika keadaan dilaporkan semakin meruncing.

"Saya hanya menunggu keputusan Kerajaan Pusat, jika kerajaan memutuskan darurat kesihatan, kerajaan negeri sedia membatalkan semua keraian yang membabitkan majlis sosial termasuk sambutan hari kemerdekaan.

"Perkara ini perlu dipandang serius kerana kematian akibat penyakit terbabit semakin tinggi dan jika langkah pencegahan tidak diambil kita bimbang lebih ramai nyawa akan terkorban," katanya ketika ditemui selepas Majlis Perhimpunan Bulanan Kakitangan Awam di Wisma Darulaman di sini, hari ini.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan perlu mendedahkan laporan sebenar mengenai tahap penularan penyakit itu di negara ini bagi menyedarkan rakyat betapa penting mengamalkan kaedah perlindungan, termasuk pemakaian topeng ketika ini.

"Saya berpendapat kerajaan perlu telus dan tidak perlu menyembunyikan perkara sebenar (penularan H1N1) kerana ia hanya akan memburukkan keadaan.

"Saya percaya, jika keadaan sebenar didedahkan termasuk laporan tahap penularan wabak ini dan kawasan panas, mungkin rakyat tidak akan memandang sambil lewa dan akan mengamalkan langkah perlindungan untuk menyelamatkan nyawa mereka.

"Saya kira ia (mendedahkan perkara sebenar) dianggap satu kaedah positif mengekang penularan virus berbahaya itu," katanya.

Sementara itu, mengulas mengenai potensi calon Barisan Nasional (BN) yang bertanding pada pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Permatang Pasir, Pulau Pinang, Azizan berkata, beliau tidak menganggap faktor umur antara kedua-dua calon sebagai satu modal kemenangan.

"Soal umur bukan faktor untuk menang atau kalah dalam pilihan raya. Tetapi mungkin itu kelebihan kepada calon (Pas)," katanya enggan mengulas lanjut.

Pada pilihan raya kecil DUN Permatang Pasir, BN menurunkan Setiausaha Umno Bahagian Permatang Pauh, Rohaizat Othman, 38, sebagai calon, manakala Pas pula meletakkan Pesuruhjaya Pas Pusat Pulau Pinang, Salleh Man, 52. - Berita Harian.

H1N1 kini tahap tenat

Oleh LIAU PEI WEN
liau.peiwen@utusan.com.my


KUALA LUMPUR 16 Ogos – Darurat kesihatan tidak boleh diisytihar sewenang-wenangnya walaupun Pertubuhan Kesihatan Dunia (WHO) menganggarkan lima juta atau 20 peratus rakyat negara ini dijangkiti virus selesema babi atau Influenza A (H1N1).

Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai berkata, pihaknya mengakui situasi wabak itu di negara ini adalah tenat, tetapi untuk mengisytihar negara sebagai darurat ia perlu mengambil kira banyak faktor dan kriteria lain.

Katanya, ia termasuk melibatkan pelbagai pihak lain seperti orang awam, kementerian dan Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN).

“Ini tidak bermakna kerajaan tidak serius dalam menangani penularan H1N1, malah Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin ialah Pengerusi kepada Jawatankuasa Kebangsaan Antara Kementerian Untuk Menangani Wabak H1N1,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Malaysia hari ini mencatatkan tiga lagi kematian akibat virus H1N1 menjadikan jumlah kematian meningkat kepada 62 orang manakala sebanyak 283 kes baru dilaporkan di seluruh negara dengan jumlah kes terkumpul H1N1 meningkat kepada 3,857 kes.

Semalam Tiong Lai berkata, WHO menganggarkan lima juta atau 20 peratus rakyat negara ini berisiko dijangkiti virus influenza A (H1N1) jika orang ramai tidak mengambil serius langkah pencegahan bagi menghalang penularan virus itu.

Statistik itu berdasarkan kajian terperinci WHO mengenai kesan penularan luar biasa H1N1 terhadap sesebuah negara jika ancaman virus tersebut tidak ditangani secara berkesan dan menyeluruh.

Tiong Lai berkata, buat masa sekarang, Kementerian Kesihatan akan memfokuskan kepada aspek pencegahan dan rawatan khususnya terhadap pesakit-pesakit H1N1 yang terdiri daripada golongan berisiko tinggi.

“Kita akan terus mempergiatkan usaha menghebahkan langkah-langkah pencegahan dan kawalan H1N1 di media massa seperti mengadakan sesi forum dengan orang ramai bagi meningkatkan tahap pengetahuan serta kesedaran mereka,” ujar beliau.

Menurutnya, Kementerian Kesihatan mahu mengambil langkah yang praktikal dalam mencegah penularan wabak H1N1 di negara ini termasuk meminta orang ramai memberi kerjasama bersepadu kepada kerajaan dalam perkara tersebut.

“Saya yakin keadaan akan bertambah pulih sekiranya orang ramai mempunyai tanggungjawab yang tinggi dan tidak memandang remeh penularan wabak H1N1,” jelas beliau.

Beliau seterusnya menegaskan, individu-individu yang mempunyai gejala penyakit serupa influenza (ILI) seperti demam panas, selesema dan batuk perlu segera mendapatkan rawatan di hospital demi kesihatan diri.

“Mereka juga perlu prihatin dengan keselamatan orang lain dengan tidak menghadiri majlis-majlis terbuka dan berehat di rumah supaya virus penyakit tidak menjangkiti individu yang tidak berkenaan,” katanya. - Utusan.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Influenza A(H1N1): Death toll now 64

GEORGE TOWN: Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said today that there were 384 new cases reported, and 4,225 the total reported cases.

He also said that two more people had died due to the influenza A (H1N1), and the death toll was now 64. - NST.

Dua lagi mati akibat H1N1

BUKIT MERTAJAM 17 Ogos - Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai berkata, sebanyak dua kematian akibat wabak selesema babi atau influenza A (H1N1) dilaporkan di negara ini hari ini menjadikan jumlah kes kematian meningkatkan kepada 64 kes.

Katanya, sebanyak 33 pesakit masih dirawat di Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) di hospital seluruh negara manakala 284 pesakit dirawat di wad biasa.

"Sehingga hari ini, jumlah kes terkumpul akibat jangkitan H1N1 di Malaysia adalah 4,225 kes," katanya pada sidang akhbar di luar pusat penamaan calon bagi pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), Permatang Pasir di Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN), di sini. - Utusan.

Tun Mahathir: take H1N1 as a serious matter and take care of ourselves

Sunday, August 16, 2009

1MALAYSIA patut bertindak begini...

"Mencegah lebih baik dari mengubat". Inilah yang terbaik untuk mengekang wabak H1N1 dari terus merebak. Kita (rakyat) harus bertindak sekarang kerana lebih baik lewat dari tidak bertindak langsung...Fikirkanlah.

Learn more about H1N1 at Wisma MCA

KUALA LUMPUR: A seminar to educate the public about influenza A (H1N1) will be held on Wednesday at Wisma MCA here.

It would be attended by the Health Minister and three doctors from the ministry.

Members of the public would be able to ask questions regarding the nationwide epidemic and engage in dialogue with the minister and the doctors, said Wanita MCA chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun. She added that it would be the first of a series to be held across the country and video recordings of the events would be posted on the MCA website. - The Star.

5j berisiko dijangkiti H1N1


Kebanyakan ibu bapa memakai penutup mulut dan hidung sebagai langkah pencegahan daripada dijangkiti selesema babi atau influenza A (H1N1) ketika menghadiri majlis Konvokesyen Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) di Samarahan, Sarawak, semalam. – MINGGUAN / AMIR HAFIZ ABD


BUKIT MERTAJAM 15 Ogos - Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) menganggarkan lima juta atau 20 peratus rakyat negara ini berisiko dijangkiti virus influenza A (H1N1) jika orang ramai tidak mengambil serius langkah pencegahan bagi menghalang penularan virus itu.

Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai berkata, statistik itu berdasarkan kajian terperinci WHO mengenai impak penularan luar biasa H1N1 terhadap sesebuah negara jika ancaman virus tersebut tidak ditangani secara berkesan dan menyeluruh.

''Kajian itu menyebut bahawa jika penularan virus H1N1 di sesebuah negara tidak berjaya ditangani dengan berkesan, 20 peratus penduduknya akan terdedah dengan jangkitan virus itu.

''Jadi semua pihak perlu tampil bersama-sama mengamalkan langkah-langkah pencegahan yang disarankan kerajaan," katanya kepada pemberita selepas melawat Hospital Bukit Mertajam (HBM) di sini hari ini.

Tiong Lai berkata, penularan H1N1 dijangka berlarutan dalam tempoh satu atau setahun setengah lagi dan ia diramal menular lebih cepat pada musim tengkujuh iaitu antara bulan Oktober hingga Disember ini.

Sepanjang tempoh itu katanya, orang ramai turut terdedah dengan penyakit berjangkit lain.

Justeru katanya, setiap lapisan rakyat perlu mengambil serius setiap langkah proaktif termasuk meningkatkan kebersihan diri tanpa mengharapkan program-program pencegahan yang dijalankan kerajaan semata-mata.

''Pada musim tengkujuh, kita lebih terdedah dengan selesema, batuk-batuk dan demam. Tempoh ini amat penting untuk semua rakyat mengambil langkah berjaga-jaga dan tidak mengambil mudah," tambahnya.

Kajian WHO juga katanya, menunjukkan jumlah sebenar penduduk yang dijangkiti H1N1 adalah 20 kali ganda dengan jumlah pesakit yang direkodkan menerima rawatan akibat jangkitan virus tersebut.

''Ini bermakna jika kita merekodkan 3,574 kes jangkitan H1N1 setakat ini, jumlah sebenar yang dijangkiti adalah sekitar 70,000 orang. Kajian WHO ini mungkin tidak begitu tepat tapi kita kena beri perhatian sewajarnya," jelasnya.

Tiong Lai berkata, walaupun kajian WHO menunjukkan risiko kematian pesakit yang dijangkiti H1N1 amat rendah iaitu antara 0.1 hingga 0.4 peratus tetapi keadaan akan menjadi lebih buruk sekiranya langkah pencegahan tidak dilakukan secara bersungguh-sungguh.

Sementara itu katanya, tiga lagi kematian akibat H1N1 direkodkan setakat semalam menjadikan jumlah korban akibat penularan virus itu meningkat kepada 59 orang.

Katanya, tiga kematian itu membabitkan dua lelaki berusia 22 dan 29 tahun yang masing-masing menghidap penyakit jantung dan obesiti.

''Seorang lagi mangsa ialah wanita berusia 44 tahun yang menghidap asma dan disahkan meninggal dunia selepas enam hari menerima rawatan," tambahnya. - Utusan.

A(H1N1): Three more deaths reported

BY LOH FOON FONG

KUALA LUMPUR: Three more deaths have been reported from the influenza A(H1N1) virus, bringing the country's overall death toll to 62.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said of the three new deaths, there were delays in administering the patients with viral treatment.

"The ministry will now probe the reasons behind the delay," he said, adding that there were 283 new cases of infection, bringing the tally up to 3,857 cases.

Thirty-three patients remained in intensive care unit while 213 were hospitalised in normal ward.

Liow also warned those with flu that they could be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed up to two years if they did not isolate themselves and spread the disease to others. - The Star.

3 lagi korban terbaru H1N1

KUALA LUMPUR 16 Ogos - Tiga lagi kematian dicatatkan akibat influenza A(H1N1) membabitkan dua kanak-kanak lelaki berumur 6 dan 3 tahun serta lelaki berumur 50 tahun, menjadikan jumlah kematian 62 orang. Sebanyak 283 kes baru dilaporkan menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan setakat ini sebanyak 3,857 kes, kata Menteri Kesihatan Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. - Utusan.