KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will only conduct weekly SARS press briefings as Malaysia enters its 44th day without reports of any probable SARS cases.
Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said the world situation looked to be improving – especially in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan – with only nine cases being reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday.
“This is good news for the world and Malaysia hopes this will remain and one day there will be no cases reported,” he said.
He said that as a result, the Cabinet decided the ministry should hold weekly briefings instead of daily sessions, but ad hoc press conferences would be organised when necessary.
Chua said the SARS technical meeting, chaired by the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Alias Ali, would continue to be held every Monday for updates.
On screening at the Causeway, he said it would continue until WHO lifted the global alert on the deadly virus.
Chua was speaking to reporters at a press conference after accompanying Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid, on a visit to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s Paediatric Institute and to launch the institute’s Sudut Suria KLCC, a family resource centre.
Chua also said the ministry had provided an updated trailer to be aired during flights as he noted that outdated information was being used in present trailers during his return flight from Geneva, Switzerland, two weeks ago.
“The new advertisements or information provided by the trailer will not include the names of the SARS-affected countries. Instead, this information will be announced by the pilot as it needs to be updated regularly,” he said.
He added that early dissemination of accurate information was important to lure tourists to Malaysia.
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