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Malaysia has no plans to close borders due to monkeypox

MELAKA (BERNAMA) – The Malaysian government is not planning to close the country’s border gates for the time being despite cases of monkeypox detected in several countries, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

He said health checks have been tightened at all entry points, especially for international travellers from countries exposed to the virus to curb the spread of infection in Malaysia.

“We have briefed all Health Ministry staff on this matter, and will strengthen control in all aspects. If symptoms are detected, an initial isolation measure will be implemented at the country’s entry points.

“Also, the ministry laboratory unit is ready to conduct a study to curb the spread of the virus,” he told reporters while attending the 7th National Perioperative Mortality Review (POMR) yesterday.

The event was also attended by POMR association president Dr Fitjerald Henry and state Health Director Dr Rusdi Abdul Rahman.

In a separate development, Dr Noor Azmi said Malaysia needs more geriatricians and psychiatrists in the future due to the increasing number of senior citizens and mental patients who required treatment.

Malaysia is expected to be an ageing nation following the declining trend in the number of births as well as the impact on mental health due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other problems, he added.

Malaysian Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali tours the 7th National Perioperative Mortality Review. PHOTO: BERNAMA