Former prime minister Najib Razak said the capacity for the Covid-19 outbreak screening test should be increased.
He said he understands that the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) is already planning to increase the daily filter count from 3,500 a day to over 10,000 a day.
But, the Pekan MP said the amount of the capacity is still insufficient because 10,000 daily means 300,000 people a month or even one percent of the Malaysian population.
“The more and more we can filter, the faster we can prevent Covid from spreading,” he was quoted as saying.
Najib suggested negotiations with private medical networks and insurance companies operating MySalam to fully finance or share the cost with the government to give free trials to those who believe Covid’s risk.
“The test costs that the people have to bear at RM700 per person are ridiculous. How is the B40 able to afford it?
“This is not the time for private companies to reap the benefits,” he said.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced yesterday that there were about 123 new Covid-19 positive cases, totaling 1,306 cases. A new death today also brought the death toll to Malaysia by 11 people.
Najib urged the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government to try to encourage the people believed to be exposed to the risk of Covid-19 undergoing a medical examination.
Obviously, they – who are at risk of being infected with Covid-19 – need to be recognized as heroes for daring to be tested.
“They need to be honored as heroes if they dare to come forward to be tested and quarantined. Not insulted and their personal information transmitted.
“The government needs to assure that anyone who wants to be quarantined will be assisted in terms of food or financial supply during that time,” he said.
Meanwhile, Najib also explained that the supply chain of food and basic necessities were uninterrupted to contain the outbreak.
He added that local factories would also need to increase the production of these goods.
“If the world crisis worsens, we will have great competition and difficulty finding these things.
“At that time there was no guarantee that we would be supplied even if we offered higher prices. Therefore, we cannot rely too much on other countries as there is a tendency for them to ban exports if the situation worsens.”
He added that financial assistance should also be provided to those affected by the outbreak.
23rd March 2020 18:28
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