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The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has urged clinics and hospitals to charge a minimum service fee on employers who want to do a Covid-19 screening test on their foreign workers.

Socso Prevention, Medical and Rehabilitation Division head Dr Azlan Darus said the organisation would only bear the cost of test kits and the service fees would be set by the clinics and hospitals.

“However, Socso proposes that clinics and hospitals charge a minimum fee as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement here today.

Dr Azlan said following the announcement by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on November 27, Socso would only bear the cost of RTK-Antigen test kits and no longer provide screening subsidies or receive payment claims from employers, clinics or hospitals.

He said to reduce the cost of screening tests, Socso has obtained the supply of test kits directly from suppliers and distributed them to clinics and hospitals participating in the Covid-19 Screening Programme for Foreign Workers.

Apart from that, Dr Azlan said Socso also welcomed all private healthcare facilities to participate in the programme.

“Interested clinics or hospitals can register at sihat.perkeso.gov.my. For successful registration, Socso will provide the test kit and monitor the process of the screening test. 

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Jangkitan Kluster Teratai menular dalam komuniti

December 3, 2020 | Info, News | No Comments

Jangkitan Kluster Teratai yang bermula daripada asrama pekerja kilang Top Glove di Klang kini telah menular dalam komuniti di luar kawasan tersebut.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah berkata, Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) mengesan sekurang-kurangnya 150 jangkitan dalam komuniti berkaitan kluster berkenaan.

“Kita lihat sekarang ini warga asing tinggal di asrama dan penginapan disediakan majikan tetapi ada 164 pekerja tempatan yang duduk di rumah masing-masing,” katanya.

Kluster Teratai terus sumbang peningkatan kes Covid-19

Covid-19: Tiada laporan jangkitan daripada sarung tangan

Covid-19: Kerajaan Pusat digesa henti operasi kilang Top Glove

Menurutnya, apabila pekerja tersebut dijangkiti Covid-19, ia telah menjangkiti ahli keluarga lain.

“Kita dapati sudah ada dua generasi jangkitan yang membabitkan ahli keluarga,” katanya pada sidang akhbar perkembangan harian Covid-19 di sini hari ini.

Dr Noor Hisham berkata, pihaknya telah memulakan saringan dalam komuniti untuk mengesan jangkitan tersebut.

“Kita menggunakan kita ujian pantas antigen (RTK-Ag) dalam kalangan penduduk di Meru, Klang,” katanya.

Setakat ini, Kluster Teratai merekodkan sebanyak 5,083 kes positif Covid-19 daripada 6,609 individu yang disaring.

Terdahulu, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Meru, Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar memaklumkan bahawa seramai 11 penduduk Meru dijangkiti Covid-19.

Sementara itu, dalam perkembangan sama, Dr Noor Hisham berkata, pihaknya sedang mempertimbangkan pegawai perubatan dan pasukan kesihatan awam yang ditempatkan secara sementara di Sabah supaya kembali semula bertugas di Selangor dan Negeri Sembilan.

“Ada permohonan daripada Selangor dan Negeri Sembilan untuk kembalikan petugas mereka berikutan kes yang tinggi di kedua-dua negeri itu,” katanya.

Menurutnya, KKM telah menggerakkan 59 pegawai perubatan dan 57 anggota kesihatan awam digerakkan secara dalaman ke lokasi yang memerlukan.

“Seramai 64 anggota kesihatan awam juga digerakkan dari negeri lain,” katanya.

Tambahnya, KKM turut mendapat sokongan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) iaitu Imam Response & Relief Team (Imaret), Mercy Malaysia dan Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah Malaysia.

“Antara tugas-tugas yang diarahkan adalah siasatan kes Covid-19, pengesanan kontak rapat dan pengambilan sampel di lapangan.

“Ini membantu KKM untuk mengoptimumkan sumber manusia kita sekali gus mempercepatkan saringan di lapangan,” katanya.

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Medicaid expansion has likely improved care of colon cancer, researchers said in a study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

The researchers compared states that expanded Medicaid health insurance in 2014 to non-expansion states and found that expansion led to earlier diagnosis, better access to care and improved surgical care.

The reason states had more stage 1 diagnosis after Medicaid expansion is unclear, but may indicate better access to care, Samer Tohme, senior investigator on the study, said in a press release.

“Studies show that patients who are diagnosed with cancer at an earlier stage are more likely to have better treatment options, improved quality of care, and longer survival,” said Tohme, a surgical oncologist at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hillman Cancer Center.

Tohme added that Medicaid expansion has allowed people who were otherwise uninsured to see a primary care physician and undergo colon cancer screening.

“A paucity of studies looks at how Medicaid expansion affects cancer treatment and outcomes, as our study did,” lead author Richard Hoehn said in a statement.

“Our study also differed from others in that we analyzed data only from people who were most likely affected by Medicaid expansion: those aged 40 to 64 who had Medicaid or no health insurance,” said Hoehn, a surgical oncology fellow with the department of surgery at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

Using data from the National Cancer Database, the researchers compared colon cancer data from 4,438 patients in 19 Medicaid expansion states to data for 6,017 patients in 19 non-expansion states.

They also assessed the impact by comparing data in years before expansion to years post-expansion.

The data showed that patients in the first three stages of colon cancer who were in expansion states were more likely to receive primarily surgical treatment within 30 days than those in non-expansion states.

Medicaid expansion was also linked to fewer urgent cases and more minimally invasive surgery.

Patients in expansion states in the final stage of colon cancer were also more likely to receive palliative care to improve quality of life.

Earlier this month, a another study found that expanded Medicaid passed in certain states as part of the Affordable Care Act significantly reduced deaths from newly diagnosed breast, lung and colon cancer.

Most states expanded Medicaid with opportunity under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to cover nearly all low-income Americans under age 65, but some states did not. Initially, 19 states did not implement Medicaid expansion. To date, all but 12 states have adopted the expansion.

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The Ministry of Health (MoH) is targeting a R naught value or infectivity rate of below 0.5 through public health activities in preventing and controlling the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Health director-general  Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the number of new cases reported yesterday, which was 1,210 cases, put the value of the country’s immunity rate at between 1.1 and 0.9.

“MoH is targeting R naught or infectivity rate below 0.5 by increasing public health activities to prevent and control infections (Covid-19),” he said via his official Twitter today.

Yesterday, Covid-19 positive cases in Malaysia continued to record four digits with 1,210 cases, bringing the total cumulative in the country to 49,730 cases. 

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The World Health Organisation yesterday launched a strategy to rid the world of cervical cancer, stressing that broad use of vaccines, new tests and treatments could save five million lives by 2050.

“Eliminating any cancer would have once seemed an impossible dream, but we now have the cost-effective, evidence-based tools to make that dream a reality,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

More than half a million new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed around the world each year, hundreds of thousands of women die from the disease, and the WHO warns will rise significantly in the years to come without action.

The good news is that cervical cancer, which is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) — a common sexually transmitted infection — is preventable with reliable and safe vaccines, and also curable if caught early and adequately treated.

During the WHO’s main annual meeting last week, all 194 member countries agreed to a plan towards eliminating the cancer.

‘Huge milestone’

“This is a huge milestone,” WHO Assistant Director-General Princess Nothemba Simelela told a virtual press briefing.

“For the first time the world has agreed to eliminate the only cancer we can prevent with a vaccine, and the only cancer which is curable if detected early,” she said.

Urgent action is needed.

The WHO forecasts that if countries do not act swiftly, the number of global cases could jump from 570,000 in 2018 to 700,000 by 2030, while deaths could increase from 311,000 to 400,000 during the same timeframe.

Simelela insisted “decades of neglect” were responsible for the high number of cervical cancer deaths, especially in low and middle-income countries, where there are twice as many cases and three times as many deaths from the disease as in wealthy nations.

While most high-income countries have introduced wide-spread vaccination, testing and treatment, access has remained far more difficult elsewhere, in part due to the high cost of vaccine doses.

“If we can improve access for low and middle income countries we really can be on the road to elimination,” she said.

The strategy announced yesterday calls on countries by 2030 to ensure that at least 90 per cent of girls to be fully vaccinated against HPV before they turn 15.

It also calls for at least 70 per cent of women to be tested for cervical cancer by the time they are 35 and again by 45, and for at least 90 per cent of women diagnosed with the disease to receive treatment.

Covid hit vaccinations

While a range of recent advances promise to simplify testing, push down costs and ease access, WHO acknowledged that its new strategy comes at a challenging time, with the world focused on battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus crisis has interrupted vaccination, screening and treatment for cervical cancer, while border closures have reduced availability of supplies.

“We probably lost a sizable number of women,” Simelela said.

She added though that the testing infrastructure and systems being created for Covid-19 could hopefully be maintained for screening for other diseases, including cervical cancer.

“We can make history to ensure a cervical cancer-free future,” she said.

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Hospital dan fasiliti kesihatan di negara ini mungkin tidak dapat menampung jumlah pesakit Covid-19 jika kes harian berjumlah 1,755 setiap hari mengikut unjuran kadar nilai kebolehjangkitan (R-naught) (R0) 1.5 dalam tempoh 10 hari.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah berkata, pihaknya akan terus memperkasakan tindakan kesihatan awam bagi mengurangkan nilai kadar kebolehjangkitan itu kepada sekurang-kurangnya di bawah 1.0.

“Jika kita lihat sebelum ini negara mencatat empat digit kes Covid-19 iaitu pada 24 Oktober (1,240 kes), 4 November (1,032 kes) dan 6 November iaitu 1,755 kes.

“Bagaimanapun, selepas (tempoh) itu kita mencatatkan kes kurang daripada yang kita jangkakan (dengan kes kembali kepada tiga digit) dan jika kes semakin berkurang kita akan berupaya melandaikan lengkuk Covid-19,” katanya pada sidang akhbar perkembangan Covid-19 di Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) di Putrajaya hari ini.

Beliau berkata, tindakan kesihatan awam itu adalah pendekatan paling penting selain kerjasama semua pihak bagi memutuskan penularan rantaian Covid-19 dalam negara.

Selain tindakan kesihatan awam, beliau berkata, amalan semua langkah pencegahan juga adalah matlamat utama KKM dalam mengekang penularan wabak berkenaan.

“Kita perlu mencegahnya dan bukan mengawal ketika peringkat (virus) merebak,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Dr Noor Hisham berkata, kawalan pergerakan rentas daerah dan negeri di Semenanjung perlu dipertingkatkan bagi memastikan penularan jangkitan Covid-19 dapat diputuskan.

Penularan jangkitan di Semenanjung dilihat membimbangkan kerana jumlah kes baharu contohnya di Lembah Klang serta Negeri Sembilan hari ini mencatatkan 427 kes melebihi kes di Sabah iaitu 259 kes.

“Tindakan proaktif perlu diambil untuk kekang Covid-19 dan semua pihak perlu patuh prosedur operasi standard (SOP) yang telah ditetapkan untuk kita kawal jangkitan rentas negeri dan rentas daerah,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya sentiasa melakukan saringan serta aktiviti kesihatan awam lain di lapangan bagi mengesan jangkitan Covid-19 di satu-satu kawasan.

“Untuk kekang jangkitan, kita telah melaksanakan pelbagai tindakan contohnya mereka yang berada di zon merah tetapi kembali ke Kelantan perlu memakai wrist band serta kuarantin,” katanya.

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Bekalan air dijangka pulih jam 3 petang ini

November 11, 2020 | Info, News | No Comments

Bekalan air di kawasan terjejas akibat henti tugas Loji Rawatan Air Rantau (LRA) Panjang dan Sungai Selangor Fasa (SSP) 1, 2 dan 3 dijangka akan mula diterima oleh para pengguna pada jam 3 petang ini secara berperingkat-peringkat.

Ketua Komunikasi Korporat, Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd, Elina Baseri berkata, LRA Panjang dan SSP 1, 2 dan 3 yang menghentikan operasi petang semalam akibat insiden pencemaran bau kini sudah kembali beroperasi semula secara berperingkat pada jam 2.40 pagi tadi selepas bacaan sifar ton tiga kali direkodkan.

Menurutnya, sehingga jam 7 pagi tadi, keempat-empat LRA telah selesai melaksanakan aktiviti pencucian dan pengepaman di setiap bahagian dalam proses rawatan di LRA bagi memastikan kualiti air dibekalkan bersih dan selamat mengikut piawaian Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia.

“Air Selangor telah melakukan pengesahan kualiti air di setiap bahagian dalam proses rawatan air serta kolam-kolam imbangan dan telah disahkan tiada bau oleh Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara,” katanya.

Beliau memberitahu, Air Selangor sedang berusaha menstabilkan sistem agihan sebelum bekalan air dapat diagihkan kepada pengguna.

“Air Selangor akan memaklumkan jadual pemulihan bekalan air mengikut kawasan setelah sistem agihan bekalan air distabilkan,” katanya.

Elina berkata, bekalan air dijangka mula diterima pengguna petang ini secara berperingkat-peringkat mengikut kedudukan kawasan dalam sistem agihan bekalan air.

Justeru, katanya, bantuan bekalan air alternatif yang dilaksanakan oleh Air Selangor akan diteruskan bagi membantu pengguna yang terjejas termasuk menggerakkan sebanyak 111 lori tangki, menyediakan 14 pili awam dan membuka 17 Pusat Khidmat setempat, serta mengagihkan air minum lima liter.

“Air Selangor akan memaklumkan pelan pemulihan gangguan bekalan air tidak berjadual dari masa ke masa menerusi semua medium komunikasi Air Selangor termasuk Twitter, Facebook, Instagram dan laman sesawang kami di www.airselangor.com.

“Selain itu, pengguna juga digalakkan untuk memuat turun aplikasi telefon pintar Air Selangor di Google Play atau Apps Store untuk mendapatkan maklumat terkini bekalan air,” katanya.

-SINARHARIAN

BERITA gembira buat korang yang sedang mencari kerja atau yang berminat dalam bidang perguruan.

Kini Majlis Amanah Rakyat atau lebih dikenali sebagai Mara kini membuka jawatan kosong untuk ambilan tahun 2020.

Ambilan khas ini dibuka khas kepada rakyat Malaysia yang berilmu dan berjiwa pendidik.

Jadi, korang jangan lepaskan peluang keemasan ini dan mohonlah dengan segera.

Mara adalah organisasi amanah yang unggul dan diberkati untuk mengangkat martabat bangsa.

Maklumat Jawatan :

Jawatan : Pegawai Perkhidmatan Pendidikan Gred DG41
Gaji : RM2,188.00 – RM9,552.00
Kumpulan : Pengurusan & Profesional

Subjek dan bidang :

– Bahasa Melayu
– Bahasa Inggeris
– Bimbingan & Kaunseling
– Biologi
– Fizik
– Kimia
– Matematik
– Multimedia & Animasi
– Seni Reka Grafik
– Pendidikan Jasmani
– Sejarah
– Pendidikan Islam
– Pendidikan Islam (Tahfiz)
– Perakaunan
– Sains Komputer
– Pendidikan Seni / Seni Visual
– Reka Bentuk Teknologi
– Geografi
– Pengurusan Perniagaan
– Ekonomi

Artikel berkaitan:

Ini cara memohon:

1) Permohonan hendaklah dibuat secara online atau atas talian sahaja.

2) Sila daftar maklumat permohonan anda di : http://apps.mara.gov.my/vacancy/

3) Isi setiap maklumat peribadi dan akademik anda dengan betul.

4) Setiap permohonan yang diterima akan ditapis berdasarkan permohonan subjek dan bidang anda.

5) Calon yang berjaya melepasi tapisan akan mendapat SMS daripada Mara dari semasa ke semasa.

6) Tarikh tutup permohonan adalah pada 13 November 2020.

7) Untuk Maklumat Lanjut permohonan, sila klik di pautan berikut:

Syarat dan kelayakan.

Ayuh! Jangan tunggu lagi… Mohon sekarang dan pastikan anda kongsikan kepada rakan-rakan dan saudara mara korang yang sedang mencari kerja. Semoga permohonan korang berjaya!

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Treating critically ill Covid-19 patients with corticosteroid drugs reduces the risk of death by 20 per cent, an analysis of seven international trials found on Wednesday, prompting the World Health Organisation to update its advice on treatment.

The analysis – which pooled data from separate trials of low dose hydrocortisone, dexamethasone and methylprednisolone – found that steroids improve survival rates of Covid-19 patients sick enough to be in intensive care in hospital.

“This is equivalent to around 68per cent of (the sickest Covid-19) patients surviving after treatment with corticosteroids, compared to around 60per cent surviving in the absence of corticosteroids,” the researchers said in a statement.

The WHO’s clinical care lead, Janet Diaz, said the agency had updated its advice to include a “strong recommendation” for use of steroids in patients with severe and critical Covid-19.

“The evidence shows that if you give corticosteroids … (there are) 87 fewer deaths per 1,000 patients,” she told a WHO social media live event. “Those are lives … saved.”

Jonathan Sterne, a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at Britain’s Bristol University who worked on the analysis, said the trials – conducted by researchers in Britain, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Spain and the United States – gave a consistent message throughout, showing the drugs were beneficial in the sickest patients regardless of age or sex or how long patients had been ill.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reinforce results that were hailed as a major breakthrough and announced in June, when dexamethasone became the first drug shown to be able to reduce death rates among severely sick Covid-19 patients.

Dexamethasone has been in widespread use in intensive care wards treating Covid-19 patients in some countries since then.

Martin Landray, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Oxford who worked on the dexamethasone trial that was a key part of the pooled analysis published on Wednesday, said the results mean doctors in hospitals across the world can safely switch to using the drugs to save lives.

The WHO’s updated guidance, published on its website late on Wednesday, said corticosteroids should only be used in treatment of the sickest Covid-19 patients, and not in non-severe cases, since “the treatment brought no benefits (in milder cases) and could even prove harmful”.

The UN health agency also urged countries to maintain sufficient stocks of corticosteroids, “while not maintaining excessive stocks which could deny other countries access”.

Researchers said the benefit was shown regardless of whether patients were on ventilation at the time they started treatment.

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Recent studies have found alongside older age and chronic health conditions, obesity is a risk factor for becoming seriously ill with Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

It’s true a number of the health conditions which we know increase the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 are also associated with obesity. These include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and respiratory disease.

But new research suggests obesity independently is a strong predictor of severe illness, particularly in those aged under 60 years.

This is concerning given two-thirds (67 per cent) of the Australian adult population have a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight or obese range.

BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in metres (kg/m²). While it’s an imperfect measure for an individual person, BMI is very useful in comparing health and weight across a population and between groups.

For adults, overweight is a BMI of 25 or above, but less than 30kg/m². For a woman of average height (162 cm), this would be equivalent to a weight of 66kg or above, and for a man of average height (176 cm), a weight of 78kg or above.

Obesity is defined as a BMI of 30kg/m² or above. This equates to a weight of 79kg and above for a woman and 93kg and above for a man, both of average height.

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