Normal number of sick despite cold snap, say doctors

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 Jan 2018

PETALING JAYA: There is no marked increase in the number of patients seeking treatment at private clinics following the unusually cool weather the past week.

Malaysian Practitioners Coalition Association of Malaysia vice-president Dr Raj Kumar Maharajah said while there had been cases of fever or influenza, it was not an “unusual increase”.

However, there was a slight increase in children seeing doctors.

“There is an increase of people falling sick but it is mainly because schools have reopened with children getting cross-infections,” he said.

Dr Raj Kumar described the situation as “normal” and that it occurred almost every year.

His clinic in Dengkil, Selangor, saw an average of 10 to 15 patients daily but the number increased by between five and 10 patients last week.

“The public should wash their hands often and practice good hygiene, drink lots of water and take vitamins such as vitamin C,” he said.

Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Ravindran R. Naidu, when contacted, also said the cool weather did not result in an unusual rise in the number of patients in his clinic.