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World Sight Day 2021: MAB distributes 300 food baskets to needy blind

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 Oct — The Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) in collaboration with the Lions Club Petaling Jaya and Tune Protect Insurance have distributed 300 food baskets to needy blind individuals living in areas around Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya in conjunction with World Sight Day.

MAB chief executive officer George Thomas said the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on the blind community financially as their sources of income were depleted due to the many lockdowns that occurred.

“Lions Club Petaling Jaya and Tune Protect Insurance have collaborated together with MAB under the Tune Protect’s Project Sunshine to create Sunshine Food Aid worth RM30,000 to assist the blind community with basic dry food during these trying times

“One of the blind community’s main source of income is in the reflexology line. There are nearly 2,000 blind masseurs in Malaysia who rely on daily wages as a source of income which was cut due to the 325 days of lockdowns since last year,” he said in a speech during the event.

Meanwhile, Lions Club Petaling Jaya president Dr. Saw Aik said he hoped to continuously work together with MAB to further empower and help the blind community.

Tune Protect chief of people and culture Yap Hsu Yi said they mooted for MAB to channel the distributions to the needy blind who have been struggling since the pandemic.

Recipients Jumat Md. Aris and Edmund Chong Wai Sum said that receiving these food baskets have been a great help to them ever since their incomes have been greatly affected during the pandemic.

“I have been selling tissues around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as well other states previously for 25 years. My income has been dwindling since the pandemic and the lockdowns and I have been relying on the assistance of MAB’s food baskets and financial aid from the government,” he said to the media present during the event.

Meanwhile, Edmund who is a freelance masseur who works mainly in Kuala Lumpur said that these forced lockdowns have rendered him financially struggling and having to rely on government aid and food baskets provided by MAB and other organisations.

“I have no problem with coping during the pandemic due my independence of having been trained since young, however financially we have been struggling of course but we are surviving on our allowance from the Welfare Department and our landlord gives us rental discounts to further help us cope,” he said.

George Thomas also said that he is looking into running a Community Based Rehabilitation programme with some missionaries to empower the blind community living in very rural areas in collaboration with various organisations.

“By 2022, we will be working with various agencies to pick 10 families from rural areas around Malaysia to participate in our six month programme to elevate their standard of living,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID: 98.38 per cent of teachers in Pahang vaccinated

KUANTAN, Oct 13 — About 98.38 per cent of teachers in Pahang have received their COVID-19 vaccination, while 301 teachers have yet to get vaccinated, said state Education director, Mohammad Rosli Abdul Rahman.

He said the teachers who had yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccines were required to do so before Nov 1, the final date set by the Public Service Department (PSD).

“The vaccination for teenagers aged 12 to 17 had reached 85.21 per cent by Oct 6, with their parents giving very good cooperation to the programme,” he told reporters after attending the collaborative meeting between the State Education Department and Pahang police, here, today.

Meanwhile, Pahang deputy police chief, Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said the crime statistics involving students in the state had declined this year from the previous year’s.

Up to last September, 34 crime cases involving 58 students were recorded, compared to 43 cases involving 88 students during the same period in 2020.

“The cases reported in the last two years were mostly sexual crime, followed by crime involving belongings such as theft, bullying, narcotics and traffic offences,” he said, adding that police would increase educational and crime awareness programmes in schools.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID: 98.3 pct of new cases Wednesday in categories one, two – Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — A total of 98.3 per cent or 7,817 out of 7,950 new COVID-19 cases reported as of noon today were in category one (asymptomatic) and category two (mild symptoms).

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the remaining 133 cases or 1.7 per cent, were in categories three, four, and five.

Category three refers to patients with pneumonia, category four as requiring oxygen and category five as needing ventilator support.

“Of the total new cases, 7,921 cases were local transmissions involving 7,275 citizens and 646 foreigners while 29 cases were imported cases involving 21 citizens and eight non-citizens,“ he said in a statement today.

He said 10,832 patients had recovered today, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries in the country to 2,227,889.

Dr Noor Hisham said 725 cases were being treated at the intensive care unit (ICU) with 710 confirmed positive for COVID-19 while another 15 more were suspected or probable cases and those under investigation.

He said a total of 380 cases requiring respiratory aid comprising 304 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 while 76 were suspected or probable cases and cases under investigation.

He said 13 new clusters were detected overnight, with six clusters involving the workplace, three in the community, one cluster each involving those under the high-risk group and other education and private educational institutions registered under the Ministry of Education.

Dr Noor Hisham said the COVID-19 infectivity rate or R-naught (RT) in Malaysia yesterday was at 0.88 with Putrajaya recording the highest at 1.09.

Data on fatalities and other data on the current COVID-19 situation in Malaysia will be uploaded on the GitHub site and the COVIDNOW website via https://covidnow.moh.gov.my.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MOH not involved in fixing cost of managing COVID-19 patients’ bodies

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) is not involved in fixing the cost of managing the remains of COVID-19 patients, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Its Deputy Minister I Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said all the costs were determined by the parties responsible for managing COVID-19 patients’ bodies.

As for the cost of cemetery plots, he said it is based on the agreement between the deceased’s next of kin and the cemetery management.

“The management of Muslim COVID-19 patients’ bodies is under the purview of the respective state Islamic religious councils or departments and the charges imposed differ for each state.

“Hospitals under the MOH only serves as a facilitator to the next-of-kin in assisting them with the recommended list of trained mortuary managers in their respective areas but the final decision rests with them,” he said during the question-and-answer session.

He was replying to a question from Senator Datuk Zaiedi Suhaili on charges and costs of funeral management for COVID-19 bodies and the extent to which the government will ensure that the matter will not be exploited by irresponsible parties.

Dr Noor Azmi said the MOH had issued guidelines for the handling of bodies of suspected/ probable/ confirmed COVID-19 patients.

“The guidelines are used by all parties, including the MOH, Royal Malaysia Police, state Islamic religious departments as well as the Civil Defence Force,” he said.

On the exploitation of funeral arrangements, Dr Noor Azmi said the MOH had not received any official report on the matter.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Welfare of those orphaned due to COVID will be protected – Siti Zailah

KUALA KRAI, Oct 10 — The Government has identified a total of 4,696 children who have been orphaned due to COVID-19 as of September, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff.

She said her ministry had taken the initiative and necessary measures to ensure their welfare, and that they are not left behind in terms of their education.

She said the ministry was also giving an opportunity to the next-of-kin of the orphans to take care of them.

“However, if no one comes forward to take care of them, the ministry has 36 children’s institutions, of which we have reserved seven for orphans who have lost their parents and do not have any kin,” she told reporters during a programme to monitor the delivery of welfare services in Dabong here, today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID: Malaysia records 10,959 recovery cases, exceeding new infections Sunday

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — Malaysia reported 10,959 cases of recovery from COVID-19, surpassing 7,373 new case logged today.

Health director-general, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement said from the 7,373 new cases of COVID-19, 98.2 per cent or 7,240 cases were in category one and two which do not have symptoms or with mild symptoms.

“Meanwhile, 133 cases or 1.8 per cent are in category three, four and five,” he said.

He said from the total COVID-19 cases today, two were imported involving a local and a foreigner while 7,371 were local transmissions involving 6,991 locals or 94.8 per cent while 380 or 5.2 per cent were foreigners.

Dr Noor Hisham said 762 cases required treatment in intensive care unit (ICU) and 410 cases need respiratory assistance.

He said eight new clusters were reported with five clusters involving the community and one each involving the work place, high-risk and religious groups.

Kelantan has the most new clusters with four community clusters.

Dr Noor Hisham said the infectivity or Rt rate nationwide wide today is 0.86 and the state with the highest Rt is Perlis at 1.0.

According to him, detailed information on the current COVID-19 infection situation in Malaysia will be uploaded on COVIDNOW website and it is updated at 12 midnight every day.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

No quarantine for fully vaccinated individuals to enter Sabah – Masidi

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 5 — Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to undergo quarantine to enter Sabah except those coming from abroad, said state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

The Sabah COVID-19 spokesman made the announcement in a tweet in reference to the latest Sabah National Security Council (MKN) SOP on Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan throughout the state issued yesterday.

Based on the SOP, compulsory quarantine has been dropped except for individuals who have not completed their vaccination; symptomatic individuals detected during screening at the checkpoint and those arriving from abroad.

However, each individual who wish to enter Sabah need to obtain police permission to cross state as well as showing a negative result of COVID-19 screening conducted by a clinic and laboratory.

The RTK-Ag COVID-19 test result is only valid for one day while the RT-PCR test is three days before the journey to enter Sabah apart from requiring to fill a health declaration form.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency