Contingent not taking any chances with malaria

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian contingent for the SEA Games have taken precautions against malaria. 

Members of the contingent will each be given six tablets of mephaquine (an anti-malaria medication prescription) to be consumed weekly. 

The National Sports Institute (NSI) director, Dr Ramlan Aziz, said that there was no malaria outbreak in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City but it was best to take preventative measures following the World Health Organisation (WHO) advisory. 

“We have given our athletes the tablets. They have been advised to take one tablet weekly, starting from one week before their departure,” said Dr Ramlan. 

“We have informed them on all the preventive measures and we hope that all of them will follow our instructions.” 

There is a reason for Malaysia to be wary of malaria in Vietnam. 

In 1997, a 21-year-old taekwondo exponent, Jeffry Petrus of Sabah, died in a hospital in Hanoi after a suspected bout of malaria. The second dan belt holder was there for an international championships. 

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