What are we even doing in a different way this time to curb Covid-19

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 — DAP’s Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming right this moment posed 10 inquiries to the Well being Director-Basic (D-G) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on the coverage taken by the federal government to deal with the present wave of Covid-19.

Including that although credit score have to be given to the latter’ management and frontliners’ sacrifice, there are nonetheless a number of unanswered questions as most states enter the second week of the brand new motion management order dubbed MCO 2.0.

“I hope that D-G Noor Hisham can present convincing solutions to the next 10 questions with a view to guarantee the general public that the federal government has a complete plan to regulate this pandemic. “What are we doing in a different way now in comparison with March 2020?” he requested in his assertion.

There’s little indication that this authorities has discovered from the experiences of the previous 9 months.  “Final minute normal working procedures (SOPs) issued after the beginning of MCO 2.0, U-turns on which sectors can open e.g. the automotive manufacturing sector and optometrists and uncertainty over faculty re-opening are just a few examples of the failure of this authorities to arrange for MCO 2.0,” he added.

Because the adage goes, ‘if we fail to plan, we plan to fail’,” Ong stated. Ong’s questions got here as Malaysia reached a brand new nationwide excessive of 4,029 Covid-19 circumstances on Saturday, after solely starting the primary week of the second MCO, contrasting this in opposition to 235 Covid-19 circumstances on March 2, final 12 months, throughout the first MCO. He additionally questioned the whole variety of each day Covid-19 checks achieved by the Ministry of Well being (MOH) and the each day proportion of constructive circumstances.

Like many who had initially questioned on social media, Ong too requested to know the variety of contact tracers utilized by the MOH, and the measures which have been put in place to deal with shortfalls involved tracers. “Can extra correct location details about Covid-19 circumstances be disclosed publicly? What transmission tendencies could be analysed based mostly on MySejahtera information?”

What’s the capability by way of the variety of beds obtainable and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capability by state?” he additional questioned, additionally asking for particulars on transmission charges in colleges final 12 months, after it was closed, over Covid-19 outbreak considerations.

Ong additionally questioned the lodging state of affairs for overseas employees within the safety, manufacturing and building industries. “With out correct testing and lodging insurance policies for these overseas employees, it’s much less doubtless that Covid-19 an infection charges could be managed after the lifting of MCO 2.0,” he added.

The previous deputy minister for worldwide commerce and trade additionally requested to know the way the federal authorities has labored with state authorities to combat the outbreak, lamenting that there was little coordiantion, “to hitch forces within the spirit of cooperation and solidarity. “ Ong added that former well being minister, Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad, who can also be the chair of the Selangor Taskforce on Covid-19 (STFC) has publicly known as for extra information sharing and cooperation with the MOH, however to this point, his calls have gone unheeded.


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