Look beyond the number of daily infections


THE analysis by International Islamic University Malaysia public health medicine specialist Asst Prof Dr Mohammad Farhan Rusli is spot on, “Experts: We need a reset” (The Star, Jan 26; online at https://bit.ly/3a2hqGd).

The government and Health Ministry should re-look the current methodology of just recording the number of positive infections and instead drill down further to where the breeding ground is.

The Health Ministry must have data on everyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, including their place of work. If the number is above a certain threshold in a certain company, the whole workplace or branch must be closed down.

Make it mandatory for all companies to submit a daily report stating how many of their employees are down with the infection.

The reports should be submitted through designated channels; for example, for banks and insurance companies, the point of collection could be Bank Negara Malaysia.

The respective trade chambers could be another channel for collecting data for companies associated with them. All these data could then be channelled to the Health Ministry for final compilation and analysis to give it more accurate information on where to implement stricter measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

This will be more effective than just blaming the public for not following standard operating procedures, which is a lame excuse.

TERRANCE STEPHEN PEREIRA

Petaling Jaya

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