PENANG: None of the 50,000-odd registered nurses in the country have been infected by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), thanks to the infectious disease control protocol and guidelines imposed by the Health Ministry.
Malaysia assistant principal matron Azizon Abd Aziz said there was nothing to worry about as long as universal precautionary principles were observed strictly by all.
She was speaking after opening the World Nurses Day celebration at Penang Hospital yesterday.
Reminding nurses to observe precautionary measures at all times to avert contracting infectious diseases, Azizon said of the registered nurses, 30,000 were working at government healthcare facilities.
Penang Hospital chief matron Norsiah Mohd Nor said that most healthcare workers assigned to the SARS isolation ward preferred to go home after work although special arrangements had been made for them to stay in hospital quarters.
“This is because they are confident they will not put their loved ones in danger,'' she said.
Azizon said this year's World Nurses Day theme “Fighting AIDS Stigma, Caring For All” was apt as it was a challenge to eradicate the stigma in view of the increasing number of HIV/AIDS patients.