Private clinics can issue isolation notice

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Private clinics across the nation have been authorised by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to issue self-isolation notices to patients, while adhering to the ministry’s guidelines.

This was stated by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar in response to a question raised about private clinics issuing self-isolation notices during the press conference yesterday.

“Since there are still concerns on the spread of COVID-19 among us, private clinics have been given the authorisation by the Ministry of Health to issue self-isolation notice. However, there are guidelines that they need to follow and if the guidelines are met, they can issue the self-isolation notice,” the minister said.

According to the minister, the guidelines refer to a list of symptoms from usual fever, cough, flu and others.

Meanwhile, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said that the coronavirus may be able to evolve and affect test results.

The minister responded to a question regarding three Indonesian workers who were returning to their country and were initially tested positive during their swab test at the airport, but tested negative later.

“We were made to understand that after the second swabbing, all three workers came out to be negative,” he said.