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Malaysia to step up its preparation for another Covid-19 wave after cases surge in China

NewsMalaysia to step up its preparation for another Covid-19 wave after cases...

The Ministry of Health (KKM) will step up its preparedness to face another possible Covid-19 wave after the surge of infections in China, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

According to Bernama, Dr Noor Hisham said among the measures to be taken was to encourage the booster dose uptake to reduce the severity of infections and the risk of death.

“KKM is urging all eligible individuals to take their booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine so that the Malaysian population gets optimal protection against Covid-19,” he said.

He added that the ministry will digitalize the country’s Covid-19 management system by improving the automated Find, Test, Trace, Isolate, and Support (FTTIS) approach.

This approach will allow individuals who conduct Covid-19 self-tests to report their test results to the MySejahtera application. Positive cases will then be given a home surveillance order and release order digitally.

Source: Malay Mail

Besides, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry would ensure that all Covid-19 Assessment Centres (CAC) were ready to receive a high number of patients.

The CAC would also identify patients who are suitable for home quarantine, as well as evaluating and monitoring a patient’s progress throughout the isolation period.

As for medication, Dr Noor Hisham said they will start with Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir or ritonavir) treatment for high-risk Covid-19 patients. The ministry has been using the antiviral drug Paxlovid to treat patients with mild to moderate symptoms or categories two and three with priority given to high-risk patients since April this year.

KKM to monitor the spread of other infectious disease too

Meanwhile, the Health DG said the ministry will closely monitor the spread of the infection in the community through the implementation of surveillance activities involving sentinel locations of influenza-like-illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) nationwide.

“It is also supported by whole genome sequencing (WGS) activities to detect new variants as well as environmental surveillance through sewage water sampling from identified locations throughout the country,” he said.

He also urged the public to practice a healthy lifestyle and TRIIS to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and other diseases, as well as to wear a face mask in crowded areas.

Covid-19 infection rates are rising in China after the easing of lockdown restrictions following the people protested against strict lockdowns across the country.

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