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Malaysia records 28,957 HFMD cases since January

REMBAU (BERNAMA) – There has been a significant increase in hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in the country, with a total of 28,957 cases reported for the period since last January until yesterday nationwide, compared to only 4,239 cases for the whole of last year, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

However, he said the increase was expected with the re-opening of all economic sectors, including the re-operation of the education sector and resumption of face-to-face learning, as well as kindergartens and child care centres.

“It is also a reminder to the public to take care of personal hygiene because for two years we have never thought of any disease, other than COVID-19,” he told reporters after attending the Aidilfitri open house yesterday.

As such, he advised parents to make use of the MySejahtera application, as it contained a feature which provides information on cases of infectious diseases, which can be helpful to avoid being infected by the disease.

“MySejahtera is not to detect, but report…cases confirmed by the district health office will be reported there, so users can check how many cases in the community.

“We control through announcements so that we know the hotspots, in MySejahtera we can see the hotspots of HFMD cases,” he said.

On COVID-19, Khairy said the number of cases had slightly increased after almost two weeks of Syawal and advised the public to continue wearing the face mask when in crowded places.

Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and spouse, and Director-General of Health in a group photo during the Ministry of Health Aidilfitri Open House event. PHOTO: BERNAMA