PETALING JAYA: Selangor may return to a movement control order similar to what was implemented in March last year if current measures fail to curb the Covid-19 spread, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pic).
“I agree that we need to propose to the government for stricter standard operating procedures and MCO if there is an inability to curb the spread of the virus.
“The proposal for the implementation of a full MCO is something that we can consider, ” he said during a joint virtual press conference with Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday.
He was asked to comment on the high number of infections despite the implementation of a nationwide MCO from May 12 until June 7.
Dr Adham noted that it was also worrying that more young people were being infected.
“Most of those found positive during the second wave of the pandemic were mainly senior citizens. The situation has changed in the current wave, with more people from the younger age group testing positive for the virus, ” Dr Adham added.
As for Covid-19 fatalities, he said the deaths were mostly among those who had existing health issues such as diabetes, hypertension and heart ailments.
Meanwhile, he told The Star that the ministry needs only a few days to repurpose hospital wards in the state to accommodate Covid-19 patients if the situation warrants it.
Dr Adham also said that if needed, non-Covid-19 patients would be transferred to private hospitals while elective surgeries be put on hold.
“As for ICU beds, we need experts. We can mobilise the ministry’s
staff and bring in those from our training institutes nationwide. We will also start a mentor-mentee system in ICUs if needed, where one expert can supervise two junior medical officers, ” added Dr Adham.
Meanwhile, employers in Selangor can choose to buy the Covid-19 vaccine for their employees soon.
Selangor public health executive councillor Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said interested employers can register to buy the vaccines through the state’s SELangkah application.
“SELangkah has opened registration to companies that are interested to get the vaccines for their workers, ’’ said Dr Siti Mariah.
The Selangor state government has allocated some RM100mil to help expedite the National Immunisation Programme.