PUTRAJAYA, April 20 – Suspected Influenza A or (H1N1), Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease (HFMD) and meningoencephalitis (brain inflammation) cases which were reported last week were isolated cases, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
Dr Subramaniam therefore urged the public not to view all the cases together even though it occurred at the same period. “We are very careful and we will definitely monitor the situation and make sure that it will not spread. We take necessary precaution that the Malaysian public in general are protected,” he told reporters after attending a “Program Kerjaya Saya” under the 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) for nursing graduates, organised by the Special Implementation Task Force on Indian Community here, today.
On April 11, a Year One pupil of SJKC Chien Chi, Plentong, Johor Baharu who was suspected of suffering HFMD symptoms, passed away. However, the Johor Health and Environment Committee Chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat was reported to have said yesterday that the death of the pupil could not be associated with HFM as tests performed on her blood samples did not show any strains of Enterovirus 71 (EV71) which causes HFMD.
On April 14, meanwhile, two recruits from the Army Basic Training Centre (Pusasda) in Port Dickson were reported with symptoms of meningoencephalitis while on April 15, a 10-year-old pupil of a Chinese school in Melaka was suspected to have died of H1N1.
Speaking of the programme, Dr Subramaniam said the programme would provide an opportunity for jobless nursing graduates to seek employment. “Through the programme, about 50 nursing graduates who attended interviews may be employed,” said Dr Subramaniam adding that the ministry had raised the entry level for nursing courses from three credits to five, as a step to avoid an over supply of nurses.