KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Health Ministry will continue to boost preparedness and response to any posssibility of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), or simply Ebola, spreading to this country.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry had identified 21 hospitals nationwide which could receive referred cases of persons under investigation (PUI) for EVD for early confirmation and management of infection.
“Cases confirmed to be positive for EVD infection through clinical examination will be treated at three hospitals identified, namely Sungai Buloh Hospital for Peninsular Malaysia and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Sabah and Kuching General Hospital in Sarawak for East Malaysia,” he said in a statement issued yesterday.
The definition of PUI EVD involves criteria from the clinical and epidemiological aspects.
The clinical aspect covers detection of fever and additional symptoms like headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach ache and bleeding, while the epidemiological aspect covers history of risk to exposure over a period of 21 days before the individuals involved fall ill.
Dr Noor Hisham said 20 hospital laboratories nationwide had also been identified to carry out routine tests for management of PUI EVD cases.
“Three laboratories identified to carry out EVD confirmation tests are that of the Institute of Medical Research, the National Public Health Laboratory in Sungai Buloh and Kota Kinabalu Public Health Laboratory.”
Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry had so far carried out four simulation exercises at various levels, besides enhancing cooperation with other relevant ministries and agencies to prevent the spread of Ebola to this country.