Private colleges on the alert for SARS


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 02 Apr 2003

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (Mapcu) has advised members and their students of the risk of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. 

Its executive secretary, Ko Kim Hooi, said the association had issued notices to members on the guidelines issued out by the Health Ministry. 

He said most foreign students would not go back home until the end of the semester while some would stay till the end of the year. 

ELS International Language Centres human resource manager Ronnie Ooi said the centre had notified its agents overseas to ensure that foreign students undergo medical test before flying in for their studies. 

The general medical report should include lung test, he said, adding that more than 60% of its intake were foreigners.  

However, Kolej Damansara Utama (KDU) customer care manager Chen Set Li said none of the college’s foreign students had been checked at the health checkpoint at the airport since they started arriving on March 19 for the April intake. 

“The international students told us that they were not checked at the airport and no questions were asked even though they were from SARS-affected countries,” she said. 

“However, our International Student Counsellors will monitor new students arriving at the airport,” she said.  

World Health Organization SARS site 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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