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Everything Else Dr Noor Hisham Said Yesterday

Everything Else Dr Noor Hisham Said Yesterday

Hakim Hassan

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Here is the roundup of what Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on 3 June:

Change in government didn’t disrupt MOH efforts

Despite the change in government during the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Noor Hisham said it didn’t not disrupt the Ministry of Health in fighting the disease.

During a live broadcast, he added that once appointed as Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin immediately held discussions with him to stop the virus from spreading.

School Reopening Management Guidelines can contain Covid-19 if social distancing done properly

The School Reopening Management Guidelines can contain the spread of Covid-19 if social distancing is observed, said Dr Noor Hisham.

He added that the guidelines will be improved over time and the priority for reopening will be for form five and six students.

Although the guidelines have been made, he said, the announcement for schools to reopen would be made two weeks prior and currently there’s no decision on when this will be done.

Not enough psychologists for councelling

The number of psychologists to provide counselling is still insufficient in the country as the ratio is 1:52,000 when the normal ratio is 1:500.

Under the MOH, there are only 148 counselling psychologists, according to Dr Noor Hisham.

MOH looking to screen travellers

The government intends to conduct health screening for Malaysians returning home and foreigners 3 days before departing to allow them to travel without having to endure the 14-day quarantine period – the same procedure used for those travelling to Sabah and Sarawak.

Dr Noor Hisham said that Malaysians who want to travel to Sabah and Sarawak must undergo a health screening before traveling and if they’re found negative, they would not have to go through the two week long quarantine.

For now the government is still at the planning stage.

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