Health DG: M'sians returning to work must adjust to new norm, follow guidelines

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 03 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) has advised Malaysians to adjust to the new norm by following the guidelines set by the government, as the majority of the workers will be back in force tomorrow (May 4).

He stressed the importance of complying with the standard operating procedures (SOP) by embracing social distancing, taking all precautionary measures and maintaining good personal hygiene.

"Come May 4, many of you will be heading back to work.

"However, you must take this time to plan and do what is necessary to comply with your respective sector’s SOP and abide by the new norms in the workplace.

"The first week back should be used to strategise, plan and implement these new changes, and not necessarily for you to fully resume services," he said.

Dr Hisham said employers must ensure all employees adhere to safe distancing, especially in confined spaces.

"You may need to rearrange the office space to make it more spacious and safe, regularly sanitise common areas such as pantries or prayer rooms (surau), and only allow a limited number of people to congregate in a space at any one time to ensure safe social distancing," he said.

He noted that the Health Ministry's guiding principles were clear and it was the responsibility of the employers to implement them.

"This is our social responsibility, and we need social discipline and social compliance to embrace and practise the SOPs," he said, noting that the world would not be the same and people would need to adjust to new norms.

"We must all learn that every individual’s action has a ripple effect on how we manage Covid-19 in our community.

We have to adapt, adjust and accommodate the new norms in our lives," he added.

Dr Hisham reminded those who did not have any reason to go out to remain safe at home.

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