Sunday, November 28

Political imbroglio should not overshadow Covid-19 outbreak, says MMA


The Covid-19 outbreak situation is becoming more serious in a few countries outside of China, though no cases have yet been detected within Sarawak. AFP File Photo

KUCHING: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has expressed concern over the current political uncertainty amidst an ongoing effort to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

Its president Dr N. Ganabaskaran said dealing with the outbreak must remain a top priority and treated as a national interest.

“It is regrettable that the series of political developments have unfolded, over the past few days, at a time when our country is faced with an economic slowdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak and other market condition factors.

“It is hoped that national interest will be prioritised during this time. The Covid-19 outbreak situation is becoming more serious in a few countries outside of China and this is of great concern.

“The impact of these developments will need to be monitored and Malaysia must be well prepared,” he said in a statement issued from Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Ganabaskaran said that MMA appeals to all parties concerned to put the needs of the country first and works towards ensuring stability.

“We also urge the people to remain united and stand together as Malaysians,” he added.

As of Feb 24, a total of 22 cases of Covid-19 reported in Malaysia with 15 Chinese nationalities, six Malaysians and one American affected.

Out of the 22 cases, 14 Chinese nationalities and all six Malaysian were reported to have recovered from the infection.

In Sarawak, there are no confirmed cases, although 117 Person Under Investigation (PUI) cases have been recorded from Jan 10 to Feb 25.

Of those cases, 114 have tested negative for the virus.