Yesterday (25 August), Kelantan Local Government, Housing and Health Committee chairperson Dr Izani Husin has claimed that the mentally ill who are homeless are not infected with Covid-19 as they have developed stronger immunity from living in filthy conditions.
The comments were made at the 4th Session of the 14th Kelantan State Assembly (Dun) in Kota Darulnaim, Kota Bharu, while he was responding to a question on the conditions of mental health patients in Kelantan during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“That refers to a case of someone mentally ill, who sits hanging out with garbage, dirty.”
“Firstly, when we are exposed to an infection, either germs or viruses, our immune system will build immunity to it.”
“However, when these people are infected by the virus or germs, i.e. if we eat something contaminated it will cause us to suffer from diarrhea, but these people living on the streets does not fall sick.” he said, as reported by MalaysiaKini.
Earlier, Mohd Alwi Che Ahmad, also the ADUN for Kok Lanas had raised questions on why were the mentally ill people living in squalors were not infected with Covid-19 when they do not follow the standard operating procedures (SOP).
Meanwhile, Dr Izani answered that these people may have more resistance and antibodies to Covid-19.
“We can be resistance to three things, but they are resistance to 50 things.”
“Because it is always in a dirty state, finally God gives them the body to create antibodies to fight the thing (germs and viruses).” he said.
On the other hand, he said that the Kelantan government had not reported any suicide cases since the Covid-19 pandemic started in the state.
Dr Izani said that the level of mental health of the people in Kelantan is in good condition.
He said the mental health management of Covid-19 patients and their close contacts as well as staff during the pandemic was coordinated through the Mental and Psychosocial Health Support Services (MHPSS) of the Kelantan State Health Department.
“No suicide cases have been recorded in Kelantan.”
“During the Covid-19 pandemic that began in March last year until 31 July last year, tele-psychosocial were performed on a total of 44,003 Covid-19 patients and contact Covid-19 patients.
“Of which, only 30 people or 0.07 percent needed a referral to a psychiatrist and no suicide cases were reported.” he explained.
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