Penang HFMD cases close to normal levels


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 12 Aug 2018

BUTTERWORTH: Two classrooms in two primary schools in Penang that were closed due to a hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) outbreak will be reopened next week as the state sees a decline of cases.

The number of cases are on a downward trend but have yet to reach the normal level, said Penang Health director Dr Wan Mansor Hamzah.

“We’ve recorded 3,420 cases from January to August, with July 17 recording the highest number of cases at 127.

“On Friday, we recorded only 25 cases, and the normal range should be below 20 cases daily.

“Two classrooms remain closed and will be reopened on Monday and Friday,” he said yesterday.

Dr Wan Mansor added that cleanliness has yet to reach the desired level, urging all parties to improve.

“Cleanliness is not the culture of our community yet.

“Private and government sectors need to initiate proper practice on personal hygiene such as cleaning hands before entering schools, offices or shopping malls,” he said.

Earlier, he officiated the Northern Region Pharmacy Convention 2018 and World Phamacists’ Day celebration at the Sunway Carnival Mall in Seberang Jaya.

Organised by the Malaysian Pharma­ceutical Society (MPS) Penang Young Pharmacist Chapter, the celebration themed ‘Advancing the Pharmacy Profession: Pharmacy as Medical Experts’ saw exhibitions, medication counselling, health screenings, talks and quizzes.

Also present were Batu Uban assemblyman A. Kumaresan and MPS president Amrahi Buang.

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