H1N1 outbreak: Be quick with updates, Rundi told…(Malaysia)
February 8, 2014
KOTA KINABALU: News of eight cases of H1N1 in Sabah which was belatedly confirmed by the state Health Department on Thursday begs a question. Why is the government being secretive and the public kept in the dark?
Why did we have to learn about it through social media and short messaging sevice?
H1N1, otherwise known as swine flu, is no dismissive matter.
In 2009 there was a serious outbreak in Sabah that left the state Health officials scrambling and the public scared and in despair.
H1N1 is a highly contagious airborne virus. Even touching a door knob that has been exposed to a carrier of the virus could bring you down.
H1N1 symptoms that are very similar to the normal flu and lingering cough. There are so many cases heard in hostels, shopping malls, offices and even schools.
Is it not worrying? Parents and families must be adequately advised to take precautions, including getting their loved ones checked and treated at private clinics and public hospitals.
Sabah Health Director, Dr Christina Rundi’s Thursday statement confirming cases in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan and that they were prepared to deal with an outbreak, while much appreciated, is small comfort.