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KKM: Covid-19 positive patients can vote in GE15, but strict SOP applies

NewsKKM: Covid-19 positive patients can vote in GE15, but strict SOP applies

Covid-19 positive patients who are not in critical condition will be allowed to vote in the 15th General Election (GE15), says Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

However, these patients would need to comply with the strict standard operating procedures (SOP) that will be announced by the Election Commission (EC) on a later date.

According to Bernama, Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry had given EC several SOP recommendations for this group to ensure the election process is smooth and safe.

“There will be special channels for them (those Covid-19 positive), they will not be mingling with the rest.”

“The use of face masks and face shields is also important, in addition to sanitisation. However, we did not suggest the use of personal protective equipment (PPE),” he said.

He said this during a speech at the national level World Sight Day 2022 celebration on Thursday. (13 October).

Source: NST

Preparation for floods

Meanwhile, the Health DG said the ministry is prepared for the upcoming monsoon seasons. Among the actions taken were placing health personnel at temporary relief centres (PPS) and identifying locations with high-risk patients.

He added that the health personnel would ensure proper hygiene is maintained at the PPS and conduct screenings on flood victims to prevent the spread of diseases.

“For those with health conditions such as kidney patients requiring haemodialysis treatment, the ministry has identified their locations so their treatment is not interrupted during floods.”

“We have their data and also data of locations where additional services are required if it floods,” he said.

He also shared that the ministry has identified 552 of the 2,891 ministry health clinics that are located in flood-risk areas, but measures had been taken to overcome the problem.

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