Friday, October 2, 2009

H1N1: Jangan leka walau kes berkurangan

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Kesihatan mengingatkan orang ramai bahawa penularan wabak influenza A (H1N1) masih aktif dalam komuniti walaupun ia menunjukkan pengurangan kebelakangan ini.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican, berkata keadaan ini turut berlaku di peringkat global.

Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) melaporkan sehingga kini terdapat lebih 300,000 kes yang disahkan positif di 191 negara dengan 3,917 kematian didaftarkan.

Di Malaysia, jumlah kematian masih kekal 77 orang dengan tiada kematian baru.

Dr Mohd Ismail mengingatkan orang ramai supaya sentiasa mengambil langkah berjaga-jaga seperti yang digariskan kementerian di samping mengamalkan gaya hidup sihat, rehat dan tidur yang cukup, minum air secukupnya dan amalkan pemakanan yang sihat.

"Individu yang berisiko tinggi mesti mendapatkan rawatan dengan segera apabila mengalami sebarang simptom influenza-like illness (ILI)," katanya dalam kenyataan mengenai situasi semasa wabak itu hari ini.

Dr Mohd Ismail berkata, daripada 70 pesakit atau 9.4 peratus yang disahkan positif H1N1, 18 kes atau 26 peratus kini dirawat di Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) dengan 17 daripadanya golongan berisiko tinggi.

"Seramai 132 pesakit baru dengan gejala ILI dimasukkan ke hospital untuk rawatan dan 232 kes telah didiscaj," katanya.

Beliau berkata, jumlah kes ILI yang dirawat di seluruh negara kini ialah 743 di 94 hospital termasuk sembilan hospital swasta. - Berita Harian

D-G: 11 days since last A(H1N1) death

PUTRAJAYA: It has been 11 days since the last death due to In­fluenza A(H1N1) virus was recorded.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the number of deaths had remained at 77 since Sept 19.

He added that in the past 24 hours, 110 new patients with symptoms of influenza-like illness were warded.

The total number of people being treated in hospitals nationwide now stands at 843, he said, adding that of the figure, only 70 patients, or 8%, were infected with the virus.

“We have 17 Influenza A(H1N1) patients in the intensive care unit and children under five years are among those being warded there,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Ismail said the spread of the disease in the community re­mained active despite a decline in the number of cases, adding that the situation was the same worldwide as reported by the World Health Organisation.

“The public should not let their guard down. With people still in the festive mood and open houses and gatherings being hosted, the disease could still spread easily,” he said, advising hosts to provide sanitisers and tissues to their guests.

Dr Ismail said those who were ill should remain at home while healthy individuals in the high-risk group should take extra precautions to avoid falling ill. - The Star