WHO finds Malaysians have low understanding and poor knowledge of A (H1N1)

KUALA LUMPUR: A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that Malaysians have low understanding and poor knowledge on the spread of the Influenza A (H1N1).

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the WHO report he received on Thursday showed the public did not take H1N1 seriously, leading to an increase in cases.

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Low understanding. complacency or just the ‘tidak apa’ attitude of Malaysians?

Meanwhile in Kuching…

MP wants school holidays extended to contain H1N1

By Irene C

KUCHING: The current mid-semester school holiday should be extended by another week since the Influenza A (H1N1) is expected to reach its peak in the state soon, Bandar Kuching Member of Parliament Chong Chieng Jen said yesterday.

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FOR CONSIDERATION: Chong holding a copy of the letter he submitted to the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Education.

He believed the peak period would be over during the one-week extra holidays.

Speaking at a news conference here, Chong pointed out that the State Disaster Relief Committee chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan had said last week that the outbreak was expected to peak in Sarawak in a week or two.

Therefore, Chong, who is Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said the extension would allow the pandemic to pass its high-risk peak period before the students returned to school.

He said he had written to Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on his suggestion that the one-week school holiday from Aug 22 to Aug 30 be extended till Sept 6.

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