WHO praises M'sia's preparedness, ability to deal with Covid-19, says Health Minister


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  • Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The World Health Organization (WHO) has, once again, commended Malaysia’s preparedness and ability to address the Covid-19 infection, says Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic).

WHO also held Malaysia in high regard in terms of public health, said the Health Minister after holding a teleconference with WHO’s director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday (Feb 18).

Dr Dzulkefly said during the 20-minute teleconference, WHO also suggested that Malaysia continues to strengthen influenza surveillance by conducting Covid-19 tests among patients with a severe acute respiratory infection (SARI).

"We also informed WHO that the Ministry of Health (MOH) has already extended respiratory tract infections surveillance to include the Covid-19 testing, ” he said in a daily media briefing on the disease here.

Dr Dzulkefly said MOH also reiterated its commitment to continue to work closely with WHO and other related agencies.

Previously, WHO representative to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore Dr Lo Ying-Ru was reported as saying that Malaysia had been excellent in its case investigation and was also transparent in sharing the latest developments not only with WHO but also with the public.-Bernama

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