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JANGAN lalai! Peningkatan kes jangkitan Covid-19 yang semakin berleluasa sejak akhir-akhir ini berkemungkinan kelalaian kita untuk patuh kepada prosedur standard (SOP) yang telah ditetapkan oleh kerajaan.Iklan

Seperti di Jepun, kerajaan Jepun telah mengisytiharkan darurat selama satu bulan bermula Jumaat di Tokyo dan tiga wilayah sekitarnya berikutan peningkatan kes Covid-19 selepas cadangan pengisytiharannya diluluskan oleh panel penasihat.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah juga melahirkan kebimbangan mengenai peningkatan jumlah kes kematian akibat Covid-19 sejak kebelakangan ini.

“Sejak memasuki tahun baru 2021, semakin bertambah kes kematian Covid-19 pada setiap hari.

“Setakat 9hb Januari 2021, jumlah kumulatif kes kematian Covid-19 yang telah dilaporkan adalah sebanyak 71 kes,” tulisnya di Facebook.

Dalam pada itu Dr Noor Hisham juga menasihat dan mengingatkan orang ramai bahawa proses pengurusan jenazah juga bukan mudah untuk dibuat jika seseorang itu disahkan meninggal akibat Covid-19.

“Bukan mudah untuk petugas menguruskan jenazah pesakit Covid-19.

“Mereka terpaksa memakai PPE lengkap dengan bermandi peluh dalam keadaan panas masuk ke dalam liang lahat untuk menguruskan jenazah sehingga selesai.

“Semoga kita semua memahami cabaran dan dugaan yang dihadapi oleh setiap petugas barisan hadapan.

“Marilah bantu Negara dengan kita jaga kita, kita jaga keluarga kita. Semoga kita semua terlindung daripada musibah Covid-19, tulisnya.

Status yang dimuat naik Noor Hisyam itu kini mendapat maklum balas orang ramai dan dibanjiri ribuan komen malahan lebih 8,000 perkongsian.

Noor Hisyam juga turut berkongsi beberapa keping gambar petugas kesihatan yang lengkap mengenakan PPE sedang menguruskan jenazah pesakit Covid-19.

Ternyata dengan gambaran yang dapat dilihat ia bukan satu tugas mudah kerana ia perlu dibuat dengan berhati-hati mengikut SOP yang telah ditetapkan.

Malahan ia juga perlu diuruskan oleh petugas kesihatan dan ahli keluarga langsung tidak dibenarkan untuk menguruskan jenazah tersebut.

Kasihan dekat jenazah sebab keluarga tidak boleh hendak bagi mandi untuk kali terakhir dan juga solat jenazah untuk si mati buat kali terakhir.

Setakat semalam, Malaysia mencatatkan jumlah kumulatif kes kematian Covid-19 sebanyak 542 kematian atau 0.41 peratus daripada jumlah keseluruhan kes sebanyak 133,559 kes.

Malaysia merekodkan kes kematian harian tertinggi akibat Covid-19 iaitu sebanyak 16 kematian pada Jumaat lepas.

-sinarplus

The Covid-19 situation in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya is under control despite the daily high infection rates, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah assured residents in the central region today.

He said the current high cases were well within the Health Ministry’s expectations after the third wave broke out in Sabah back in September.

He was responding to Malaysian Public Health Physicians Association president Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar who suggested that the Klang Valley could turn into the next Sabah if the daily new cases maintained its current trajectory.

The Health director-general added that the ministry is able to deal with the cases in the Klang Valley after having managed the outbreaks in Penang and Kedah previously.

Dr Noor Hisham also said the best method to stop the contagion were to continue the current targeted approaches of identifying the infected areas and contain it there through the conditional movement control orders (CMCO) and targeted enhanced movement control orders (TEMCO).

“When cases started to increase in Klang Valley, we implemented the EMCO and the TEMCO as well as the CMCO, as we predicted infections will rise here due to the density of the population.

“People asked us if this was successful. If we did not do it, we would be seeing upwards of four million people with Covid-19 infections,” said Dr Noor Hisham today during his Covid-19 briefing broadcasted from Putrajaya.

“Look at Sarawak and how the R-naught (R0) dropped to 0.4 now while at one point in Semporna for every ten individuals tested, seven would return positive. Now there are only 10 cases in Semporna.

“What we are doing here is what we have done in Kedah, Sabah and Sarawak and that’s how we make sure cases do not spiral out of control.”

Selangor has steadily been recording infections in the thousands and today another 1,204 new cases.

Malaysia’s daily cases jumped to 2,018 today, the country’s third highest number recorded in a single day.

However, Dr Noor Hisham attributed the daily spike to the mandatory Covid-19 screening for foreign workers and added that most cases involved them at their workplaces.

He said the mandatory screening at construction sites and factories employing large numbers of foreigners has been helpful in curbing Covid-19.

“With these continued efforts hopefully in the next month or two we will see the impact and a decrease in cases,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The R0 in Malaysia is now at 0.97. Dr Noor Hisham said their goal is to get it to the low 0.5 to 0.4.

-malaymail

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. 

-malaymail

The implementation of conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Selangor for one week, has shown some positive signs in reducing the R-naught (RO) for Covid-19 in the state.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor had managed to bring down the infectivity rate from 1.98 to 1.48 thus far.

“But we need to do better without changing the strategy of CMCO, (which) allowed the economy sector to function. We need to step up, tighten the social sector such as the sport sector (and) education sector.

“So that if they (social sector) can be put on hold for a week or two, then I think we can improve using the strategy of CMCO to bring down the RO or bring down the cases,” he said in Covid-19 press conference at the Ministry of Health (MOH) here today.

He further explained that the decision to go for CMCO was to strike a right balance between health and economy as well as between life and livelihood.

“We decided to adopt this strategy by using CMCO instead of MCO. MCO will probably work in a shorter period of time but the cost to the country is that all economic sectors are put on hold.

“If we can reduce and control the movement of people especially in Selangor, then that would be a solution. But how successful we are, depends on whether we can stay at home, and break the chain of infection. With less people to control means we can break the transmission,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said MOH was able to track 90 per cent of the infections in Selangor to their clusters via the tracing application MySejahtera which helped contain positive cases.

He said the application enables KKM to trace the positive cases whether in Selangor or outside the state.

Dr Noor Hisham said MOH is closely monitoring all Covid-19 patients who have recovered to look at the long-term effects for example if lung lesions could cause breathing difficulties.

On whether Covid-19 patients who recovered having health complications, Dr Noor Hisham said for patients with mild infection or asymptomatic, the side effects would not be so prominent.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) is also studying the antibodies of patients.

He said antibodies against a virus would be built after a person was infected but the question is for how long would the antibodies remain in the body.

He said initial studies showed the antibodies would diminish after eight weeks.

Asked on the efforts of the Selangor state government to conduct screening tests, Dr Noor Hisham said the state should work with the state health department to coordinate the activity rather than working in silos.

He said coordination between the state health department and main office is a holistic approach to solve issues, challenges and to share information. 

-malaymail

The Health Ministry’s immunity study on patients who have recovered from Covid-19 is crucial to know how long antibodies built up against the virus can last in a person’s body, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.

Referring to the immunity study which he had earlier asked for volunteers from recovered Covid-19 patient to join, Dr Noor Hisham said blood samples will be taken and the medical history and experience of patients who underwent treatment would also be studied.

“And we will look at the effectiveness, that is the antibodies response in the patient’s body, whether this antibody will remain or whether the antibodies will deteriorate after treatment,” he said in a press conference that was broadcast live on the Health Ministry’s Facebook page.

“If we look at our earlier studies, a group in Sungai Lui for example, we find that the antibodies were increasingly declining after eight weeks.

“So we need more patients to step forward, so we can use the blood for us to see to test, and how long the antibody remains in a person’s body, whether it will deteriorate after three months or not.

“So this is important for us to see, if antibodies deteriorate after three months, so it is possible that that patient can be reinfected, or if we see other studies about the long-term effects to organs, whether there are side effects or long-term effects to the patient after recovery,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham was responding to a question on why the invitation to join the study was done openly through Facebook, and what were the guarantees that the data on former Covid-19 patients would not be circulated to third parties.

In the press conference, he did not address the issue of the guarantee of the confidentiality of Covid-19 patients. The Health Ministry has, however, practised a policy of not naming any Covid-19 patients.

Last night, Dr Noor Hisham had in a Facebook post made the call for Malaysians who had recovered from Covid-19 to volunteer for the study by a group of researchers from the Health Ministry’s National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Institute for Medical Research.

The study, which runs from August 2020 to July 2022, has been approved by the Health Ministry’s Medical Research and Ethics Committee.

Those who require further information are urged to contact:

1.            Dr Rafiza Shaharudin (rafiza.s@moh.gov.my) or via phone number 03-33627753

2.            Dr Masita Arip (masita.a@moh.gov.my ) or via phone number 03-33627735

-malaymail

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 — As Malaysia now faces the third wave of the Covid-19 outbreak, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reiterated today for Malaysians to stay at home.

In his press conference today, Dr Noor Hisham said that while public health officials are exhausting every available means to contain the pandemic, Malaysians can also do their part to flatten the curve.

“We asked for the cooperation from all levels, to be with the Ministry of Health for us to break the chain of Covid-19 within the community, because the virus now exists within our community and the best method is if possible, everyone stays at home.

“If you stay at home, then we can break the infection chain of Covid-19 after this. I urge all Malaysians to please stay at home,” he said, adding that this option is better than the physical distancing rule of staying 1-metre apart.

“We have now entered the third wave and it up to us to contain the Covid-19 situation within our country,” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said public health officials are also utilising apps such as MySejahtera, and active surveillance through Covid-19 patients to detect Covid-19 positive cases.

Malaysia’s first wave was triggered by 22 Covid-19 cases in late January and early February, Dr Noor Hisham said back on March 4.

The second wave of Covid-19 started on February 27 and was the precursor to the nationwide movement control order (MCO) on March 18.

After managing to curb the infection, the government eased back on restrictions and shifted into recovery phase of the MCO on June 10.

The Health Ministry recorded 375 cases today, a drop from yesterday’s 415 cases, though five new deaths — all in Sabah — were added to the statistics.

Active cases now total 3,703. To date 146 lives have been lost to Covid-19.

-MALAYMAIL

It seems like other than being a reliable figure on issues concerning national health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has a secret talent for singing too

A video showing Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham singing Shanghai Beach onstage is going viral on social media.

In the one-minute-and-32-second video, he can be seen singing the classic song in Cantonese along with someone who seems to be Dr Margaret Chan, the former World Health Organization (WHO) director-general.

The duo is believed to have performed during the 67th session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, which took place in Manila, the Philippines four years ago.

During a break between choruses, Dr Chan says Dr Noor Hisham dedicated the song to her because the song “actually talks about pretty much what I did in 10 years”

The song, originally sung by Frances Yip, is about the emotional impact of the drastic change of an era on people, using the tides at the Shanghai’s Bund as a metaphor.

A verse in the song goes, “Washed away the worldly affairs, torrential mixing of the tidal currents. Is it happiness? Is it sorrow? Hard to differentiate between happiness and sorrow in the waves.”

It seems like Dr Noor Hisham dedicated the song to Dr Chan as an acknowledgment of her efforts in serving the top post in WHO, a position that oversees the policy of the organisation’s international health work while acting as its chief technical and administrative officer.

Dr Chan can be seen referring to a piece of paper while singing the song. As for Dr Noor Hisham, it is a breeze for him as he seems to know the lyrics by heart.

The video was also posted on the Lowyat.NET forum and it has amused netizens online.

One person even started singing along with Dr Noor Hisham.

“Long ban… Deng deng deng… Long lau… Deng deng deng,” a netizen typed out the transliteration of the lyrics.

Image from Lowyat.NET

Another forum member said Shanghai Beach is the best song if one wants to spark a connection with the older folks, while another netizen commended Dr Noor Hisham for his singing talent.

Image from Lowyat.NET

SAYS

There’s no doubt that the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia is getting worse by the day and it is absolutely crucial that we work together to flatten the curve once again. Failure to do so can end the country in a very bad place where the rate of transmission cannot be controlled.

In a Facebook post, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah posted an infograph showing what the Covid-19 situation will look like at the end of October 2020 in three different scenarios.

The rate of transmission is predicted using an R0 (pronounced R-naught) value. Currently, Malaysia’s R0 value is at 1.8, which means that one infected person is able to spread the virus to 1.8 other people.

In the graph that Dr Noor Hisham shared, the light pink section shows that cases can reach over 4,500 cases daily if the R0 value increases to 2.2 while the dark pink section shows that cases can reach about 1,500 cases daily if the R0 value is at 1.5

Similarly, an R0 value of 0.3 in the blue section predicts less than 500 cases daily.

If Malaysians are not serious in curbing the spread of the virus and the R0 reaches a value of 2.2, the total number of cases in the country could reach over 20,000, with thousands of people getting infected daily.

Dr Noor Hisham then calls on all Malaysians to work together to flatten the curve again.

“Where do we want to be, we need to decide either to come together be united and be stronger to fight the common enemy or continue to cry over the spilled milk over and over again when the numbers are increasing,” he said.

“Our frontliners are already on the ground with their sweats and tears.”

Earlier, it was reported that Dr Noor Hisham has to undergo home quarantine after being exposed to a Covid-19 positive individual, namely Dr.Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri. The Religious Affairs Minister tested positive after returning from Sabah for the elections.

Let us not disappoint Dr Noor Hisham or our fellow Malaysians, or waste the efforts of our beloved frontliners. Lives are at stake and it is up to us to stop the spread of Covid-19 in our country once again.

-worldofbuzz

KETUA Pengarah Kesihatan, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah dilihat meluahkan rasa kecewa terhadap situasi perhimpunan di Kompleks Mahkamah Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Beliau menjelaskan, kerap kali pihak Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) memberi peringatan kepada orang awam sebelum ini agar mematuhi prosedur operasi standard (SOP) untuk mengekang penularan wabak pandemik Covid-19.

Dr. Noor Hisham dilihat menyuarakan pandangan beliau di salah satu berita di laman twitter yang diterbitkan oleh portal media tempatan yang bertajuk ”Ahli Parlimen bimbang wujud kluster baru”. hari ini.

“Sudah terang lagi bersuluh setiap hari KKM mengingatkan rakyat Malaysia untuk patuh kepada SOP untuk penjarakan selamat sekurang-kurangnya satu (1) meter, memakai pelitup separuh muka dan kerap cuci tangan.

“Sedih bila melihat keadaan begini tiada kawalan kendiri,” tulis beliau menerusi satu ciapan di Twitter, hari ini.

Terdapat banyak gambar tular di media sosial hari ini yang memaparkan orang ramai berhimpun tanpa mematuhi SOP termasuk penjarakan sosial dan pemakaian pelitup muka dengan betul di luar kompleks mahkamah tersebut.

Perkara seperti ini sepatutnya tidak perlu berlaku. Apa guna kita berkurung selama ini hampir tiga bulan jika sifat kesedaran dalam diri individu yang tidak bertanggungjawab masih menebal seolah-olah tiada apa pun yang berlaku.

Diharap pihak berwajib dan pihak berkuasa mengambil tindakan sewajarnya buat mereka yang masih berdegil!

-sinarplus

SEMALAM Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dalam perutusan khasnya telah menzahirkan rasa bimbang susulan 13 kluster wabak Covid-19 baharu dikesan sepanjang tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Pemulihan (PKPP).

Wabak ini dikatakan mampu merebak melalui batuk, selsema dan juga sentuhan. Pastinya hal tersebut merisaukan kita.

Oleh itu, salah satu usaha bagi mengurangkan risiko dijangkiti adalah dengan penggunaan pelitup muka.

Tinjauan SinarPlus sendiri mendapati kini ramai dalam kalangan kita yang gemar menyangkut mask di dagu dan tidak memakainya dengan betul.

Persoalannya, kenapa nak sangkut di dagu?

Penting buat kita untuk mengetahui cara pemakaian pelitup muka yang betul supaya perkara lain yang tidak disangka-sangka pula tidak terjadi.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah juga turut mengingatkan orang ramai di laman Facebook miliknya supaya kita memakai pelitup muka dengan betul.

“Sama ada pakai dengan betul topeng muka atau tanggalkan sahaja,” tulisnya di Facebook.

Itulah pesanan Dr Noor Hisham, jika orang ramai ingin makan dan minum atau melakukan apa-apa jua aktiviti yang memerlukan korang menanggalkan topeng muka maka tanggalkan sahaja, jangan pula letak di dagu.

Bimbang kerana kawasan dagu korang lebih terdedah kepada kuman. Jika korang buka topeng muka dan letakkan ia di dagu, bahagian dalam topeng muka akan tercemar.

Kuman di dagu akan terkumpul di topeng dan akan memasuki menerusi hidung dan mulut.

Ingat bahaya guys! Jagi, hati-hati. Penyakit pelik-pelik sekarang ni.

-sinarplus

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