What each Malaysian should be mindful of during MCO

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  • Sunday, 22 Mar 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should be mindful of certain responsibilities during the movement control order (MCO).

If any member of a household suspects someone in the family to be suffering from Covid-19, it is his responsibility to immediately notify the nearest government health facility, police station or the village head of the matter.

This is provided for in the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act, one of the two laws under which the MCO has been declared. The other law is the Police Act.

Under the law, it is incumbent upon every medical practitioner who treats or becomes aware of the existence of Covid-19 in any premises to immediately notify the nearest medical officer.

Also, the person in charge of any boarding house should notify the nearest government health facility or police station if he knows or has reason to believe that any person in the facility is suffering from or has died of the disease.

Any police officer or village head receiving such notification will have to notify the nearest government health facility.

The Act also cautions infected persons not to act in a manner likely to spread the disease.

They should not expose other persons to the risk of infection by their presence or conduct in any public place or do anything that is likely to lead to the spread of the disease.

As for contaminated articles and infected animals, no one should give, lend, sell, transmit, use or expose such articles or animals without prior disinfection.

The Act also provides for an authorised officer to use such force as may be necessary to ensure compliance with his order by any contact to undergo observation or surveillance until he may be discharged without danger to the public.

As for people who have died of the disease, an authorised officer may order the body to be conveyed to a place where an examination is carried out.

The officer shall also require the body to be buried or cremated in accordance with his directions. — Bernama

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