KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The private sector has been encouraged to install thermal scanners at their premises, especially at the main entrance of buildings.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said this would help the government curtail the spread of Covid-19 infections.
“At present, the Health Ministry has 80 thermal scanners placed at international gateways throughout the country, and for now, this is sufficient.
“Although these machines are quite expensive, costing RM40,000, we encourage the private sector to install them – for instance, hotels could have them to help us (the government), ” he told a press conference after launching the Malaysian Society of Hypertension 17th Scientific Congress here Friday (Feb 14).
On the cooperation between the health ministries of Malaysia and Singapore on Covid-19, Dr Lee said the first meeting of the Joint Working Committee will be announced next week.
“I am planning to go to Singapore or Johor Baru, but I have to look at the schedule of both parties, ” he said, adding that the meeting could be done face-to-face or via video.
Separately, Dr Lee said the Health Ministry was targeting to reduce salt content in Malaysian foods by 15%, as outlined in the Salt Intake Reduction Strategy 2015-2020.
“The ministry is conducting a study into the negative effects of monosodium or salt in Malaysian food, as well as conducting an on-going programme on hypertension, ” he said.
He said to achieve this target, food producers and providers must also reduce the use of salt in the food they serve consumers.
The congress is being attended by about 500 local and foreign delegates. – Bernama