Quarantined family denies moving about freely


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 08 Apr 2003

PETALING JAYA: The quarantined family of a man who died of SARS is upset over reports that they have defied the isolation order, saying they had only gone out to buy food. 

“We only leave the house to buy food and groceries and then come back immediately. It is not like we are chatting in a coffeeshop or something like that. We are already feeling so sad, and don't have the mood to do that,” said Woon Kah Mun, 41, the son-in-law of the 64-year-old victim. 

In a telephone interview yesterday, Woon said they lived in a rural area and had no one to help them. 

“What do they expect us to eat if no one buys food for us? They (the health officials) should offer their services and buy for us, since they don't want us to go out,” he added. 

According to World Health Organisation guidelines, a person who has come in contact with a suspected or probable case of SARS should be “visited regularly or telephoned daily by a member of the public healthcare team.” 

Woon's father-in-law died of the virus on March 30 in the Mentakab Hospital. 

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