Poon: Six pupils positive for H1N1


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020

A-head of the pack: Poon (fourth from left) witnessing Mohd Shafie (fourth from right) presenting a lion dance head to a Chinese association leader at the State Administration Centre lobby yesterday.

KOTA KINABALU: Six pupils of SK Stella Maris here tested positive for H1N1.

However, Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon said it was not a serious issue and that closing the school was only one of the many ways to handle the matter.

“I have only heard about this an hour or so from you media, so I cannot provide details on the background of the pupils.

“It is not serious in the sense of an epidemic and there are many precautionary ways that can be taken, (closing the school) is one way; another is sending the pupils home.

“But with Chinese New Year coming, we want to make sure this does not spread further,” he told reporters yesterday.

He said this after attending the presentation of lion dance heads to 40 Chinese associations leaders for CNY, presented by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Poon clarified it was not necessary to close the school but an action taken by the person in charge of the district health office.

“We have no issues with that. Like I said, there are many ways to handle this situation.

“We have sent the children involved home and it is not fatal unless those infected have serious health complications.

“The patients just need to go back and rest, practice regular hand washing and wear face masks,” he added.

On the possibility of not enough H1N1 vaccination in Sabah, Poon said the shortage might be due to sudden surge of people getting it, adding that more vaccines are being supplied to the Sabah.

Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said she was informed about the pressure from the school’s Parent-Teacher Association to close the premises.

“But we actually do not need to close the school unless the premises was the source of infection.

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