MoH targeted approach in curbing Covid-19 scores success

Dr Noor Hisham addressing the media.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 10: The Ministry of Health’s (MoH) targeted approach method in identifying Covid-19 positive cases has yielded positive results.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said more positive cases of Covid-19 in Malaysia were discovered from its target approach.

“The targeted approach utilised by MoH has shown a positive impact in detecting Covid-19 positive cases. Using the targeted approach, we have identified eight clusters and one of them is the healthcare workers cluster.

“There are also additional positive cases from the Sri Petaling cluster, which involved the third generation being discovered today,” he told a media briefing on the daily Covid-19 updates in Putrajaya today.

Dr Noor Hisham assured the public not to worry about the active case detection conducted by MoH.

“This is because it shows the effectiveness of the method employed by MoH in Covid-19 positive case detection,” he added.

An infographic showing the targeted approach used by MoH that discovered eight main clusters of Covid-19 in Malaysia. – Sourced from RTM.

He said the ministry will continue to reduce the number of positive cases of Covid-19 in Malaysia through active case detection and targeted approach for high-risk groups of people.

He urged the public to provide cooperation to the ministry in curbing the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, he said Malaysia recorded 67 new positive cases of Covid-19 today. Out of the 67 new cases, 49 of them involved foreigners, he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said the extra 67 new cases have brought the cumulative number of Covid-19 positive cases as of May 10 to 6,656.

He added that there are 1,523 patients who are being treated at the hospitals throughout the country.

On another note, Dr Noor Hisham said MoH welcomed the decision by the federal government to extend the conditional movement control order (CMCO) until June 9.

The decision was made to curb the spreading of Covid-19 in Malaysia and reduce the number of positive cases in the country. The extension was necessary to reduce the number of positive cases from double digits to single digits, he continued.

He explained that new positive cases of Covid-19 are still being discovered from new clusters and MoH is monitoring the daily updates so the trend of positive cases is on the decline and remains stable. — DayakDaily