More funds to treat HFMD cases


Monday August 21, 2006

More funds to treat HFMD cases

KUCHING: The Health Ministry has ap-proved another RM667,000 to further support the management of hospitalised cases of hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease in Sarawak.

Ministrys parliamentary secretary Datuk Lee Kah Choon said the ministry had earlier allocated RM1.36mil for a similar purpose.

The funds will be used to purchase additional medical equipment, such as syringe pumps, infusion pumps and pulse oxy-meters as well as cardiac monitors for the various hospitals in the state, he told reporters after visiting St Jude Kindergarten here recently.

Lee, who was accompanied by state health director Dr Yao Sik King, distributed leaflets on the HFM disease to the children.

He said the second wave of the outbreak was continuing to show a downward trend, with the peak of 430 cases reported in Week 30 (July 23 to 29).

In Week 33, the number of cases dropped to 198.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam told reporters that another eight childcare centres - seven in Miri and one in Sri Aman - were ordered on Wednesday to be closed for two weeks.

The centres are Tadika Riam, Taska Lily, Tadika 3Q MRC Junior, Taska Harmoni, Tabika Kemas Pujut Adong, Tabika Hill Crest Krokop and Tadika Pujut (all in Miri) and Tabika Kemas Stumbin in Sri Aman.

Dr Chan said there were 37 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total cumulative figure to 13,690 since the outbreak of the disease in late January. He said there were 12 new admissions to hospital.

Dr Chan reminded parents not to send their children to kindergarten or childcare centres if they had fever or flu.