A total of 12 Ministry of Health (MOH) healthcare members have been confirmed to be infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, as confirmed by Director General of Health Malaysia, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in Facebook on 20 March 2020. He also added that one member is currently being treated in ICU and is on ventilatory support.
MOH also confirmed this in their official Twitter account, moments after Datuk Dr Noor’s Facebook post.
At this time, COVID-19 has 900 confirmed cases in Malaysia with 2 recorded fatalities. MOH healthcare members nationwide have been on the clock in order to attend to those in need during the pandemic, and are well aware that they may be vulnerable to the coronavirus themselves.
“This virus knows no boundaries, regardless of your race, religion or wealth status, even more so if you are a healthcare worker at the frontline of this war,” said Datuk Dr Noor Hisham. “Our simple message to the public today: Please help us to help you. Stay at home.”
Saya merayu kepada semua yang datang mendapatkan rawatan di semua fasiliti Kesihatan untuk bersikap jujur.
Jangan sembunyikan maklumat sejarah perjalanan ke luar negara atau sekiranya anda merupakan kontak terdekat kepada pesakit positif COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/06SmUa76EV
— KKMPutrajaya (@KKMPutrajaya) March 20, 2020
Additionally, he also urged citizens who are seeking treatment at health centers not to withhold any vital information such as oversea travel history or prior contact with infected individuals. Dishonesty in this regard may critically compromise facilities and staff members if the proper counter-measures are not taken into action, he adds.
We would like to remind our readers – especially during the social distancing order issued by the government – to stay at home, stay safe, and seek medical attention if required. The less people are outside, the less the coronavirus could spread.
With much effort and cooperation by every Malaysian citizen, hopefully we can keep this threat contained or even stopped entirely.