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Technical panel to discuss mitigation plan
by Hemananthani Sivanandam up,” he said. Indonesia, Sin-
newsdesk@thesundaily.com “But I don’t gapore and New
want the public H1N1 statistics Zealand. Of the
INFLUENZA A(H1N1) HOTLINE PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry to think that this (as of 8am, June 30) 14 new cases, 11

» 03-88810200/300
and other authorities will discuss a
mitigation plan at a technical meeting
is a moderate or a
mild influenza and » New cases: 14 are Malaysians
and one each
today to check the spread of influenza that we should re- (Malaysians 11, Indonesia 1, from Australia,
» 03-88834414/415 A(H1N1). Representatives from the lax. We’re dealing New Zealand 1, Australia 1) New Zealand
Tourism Ministry and hospitals will
also attend the meeting.
with a pandemic
situation.
» Imported cases: 11 and Indonesia.
Forty-seven
Health Director-General Tan Sri
Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said yester-
“There is a
significant number
» Local transmissions: 3 people
undergoing
are

day the ministry is not implementing of deaths around treatment in
the mitigation plan yet but is making
preparations should there be a need
the world from this
virus and we don’t
» Total no. of cases: 158
(111 discharged, 47 under treatment)
designated
hospitals na-
for it. want that to occur in tionwide and
» Total local transmissions:
“We must always be prepared
and be one step ahead to handle the
Malaysia.”
As of 8am yes- 25 111
have
people
been
problem,” he said at a press confer- terday, there were discharged.
ence. 14 new confirmed Mohd Ismail
Mohd Ismail said the government cases of the influenza said the two schools or-
is still able to contain the virus but A(H1N1) in the country, bringing the dered to close on Monday – Chung
if there is evidence of community total to 158. Hwa High School in Seremban and
transmission, the government will Eleven of the 14 cases were Tsun Jin High School in Cheras
implement the mitigation effort. imported and three were locally- – will be reopened on Friday.
“We’ve done fairly well in contain- transmitted cases. To date, there are The Health Ministry has added
ing the virus for now. If you look at 25 locally- transmitted cases. two hotline numbers, that will oper-
the other countries infected with the The 11 imported cases had trav- ate from 8am to 9pm every day, to the
virus, they have more or less given elled to countries such as Australia, original two.

Indian students holding placards take part in a community rally against the flu in Hyderabad yesterday.

Hospital staff criticise ‘demanding’ foreigners
PETALING JAYA: Some staff from KLIA to get the flights for the healthcare personnel as they
members at Sungai Buloh Hos- the tourists. have to pacify them.”
pital have criticised one or two Asked who foots the bills for Health Director-General Tan
foreigners quarantined there on the flights, the source said he is Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican,
suspicion of having contracted unsure but thinks the govern- when contacted by theSun, said
the influenza A(H1N1) virus for ment may be the one who ends he was not aware of the situation
being too demanding. up paying for it. as the problem was not brought
A source at the hospital said “It’s ridiculous to ask the to the ministry’s attention.
abuses have been hurled at the tourists to pay again when it’s Mohd Ismail also denied the
healthcare staff by some patients. the government who wants to government was paying for the
“A tourist even smashed a quarantine them,” he said. flights missed by the tourists.
Fighting laptop that the hospital provided He also said some of the “We are talking to airlines to
the flu for him because the laptop could relatives of these tourists were ensure that those who miss their
not play some of his DVDs.” harassing the healthcare staff flights won’t incur extra charges
scare He felt the way the govern- and accusing them of “not feed- but the tourists still need to pay
pg 22 ment is handling the situation ing their relatives well”. for their flights,” he said.
is “ridiculous” as even those “We give them wholesome He said those quarantined
transiting in KL International meals throughout the days but receive a letter from the ministry
Airport (KLIA) but show symp- some refuse to eat it, saying it’s and those who have issues with
toms of the flu were brought to not fit for consumption.” the directives from the ministry
the hospital for checks. Apart from that, he said, some can bring it up at the weekly
“These tourists are not even of the parents and children who technical committee meeting.
stepping foot on our soil so are quarantined are traumatised “The technical committee
why is the government wasting because they are separated from meeting is where any relevant
money by bringing them to the each other. authorities can bring up their
hospitals for checks?” “Sometimes the arrangements grouses and we will discuss it
He also said some of the medi- made are weird. Although the before a decision is made.”
cal personnel even had to make whole family may be quarantined, Mohd Ismail said he plans to
arrangements for flights missed they can’t stay together in one bring the matter up in today’s
by those were quarantined. ward, thus have to be separated. meeting with Dr Christopher
He said the medical personnel “So it’s very traumatic to them Lee, head of infectious diseases
have to call and liaise with staff and this is additional stress to at Sungai Buloh Hospital.