MoH reluctant to open up taskas as infection risks “still high”

Dr Noor Hisham fielding questions from the press.

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KUCHING, May 8: The Ministry of Health (MoH) has yet to decide on giving permission for taska to reopen as the infection risk is still high.

The ministry’s director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a press conference today said MoH is still considering and looking at new solutions for the matter as it involved children’s safety.

“Currently, MoH is considering the new methods and innovations, before deciding on the matter, and although there is quite a number of applications received to open their taska.

“So far, we have not decided yet because before deciding, we must ensure that the children’s safety is guaranteed,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham explained that it was understandable that the applications came from the industrial sector as their workers rely on the taska to take care of their children when they are working.

He also pointed out that even before the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, the Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) still occurred in the taska.

“Putting the children in to gather in one place is what the ministry is worried about, because the chances of getting infected are high if we are still using the old method of handling things,” he added.

On another matter, Noor Hisham also disclosed that a total of 88 cases (74.42 per cent) involving Covid-19 had recovered and were discharged as of today.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) has also reported zero-death cases involving Covid-19.

At the same time, Dr Noor Hisham also noted that a total of 68 new cases was reported as of 12 pm today, and 57 of the cases involved foreigners, who have been isolated and treated in hospitals.

“From the total 68 cases reported, four-cases are imported cases by Malaysian coming back from the United Kingdom (3 cases) and the United States (1 case).

“As of now, 18 positive cases of Covid-19 are currently being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)” he said. —DayakDaily.