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Friday, September 27, 2013

Malaysia : TH Medical Team Ready For MERS Threat

Via Bernama :

" The Pilgrims Fund Board (Tabung Haji) health and medical teams here and in Medina are ready to face the Novel corona virus or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus (MERS-CoV) pandemic.

Malaysian Haj Delegation (Medical) deputy head Dr Mohamad Faid Abdul Rashid said the Tabung Haji teams were well-equipped to handle the situation, in the event of an epidemic.

However, he said, no case of the disease had been reported, adding that most Malaysian pilgrims sought medical treatment for lung infection, breathing difficulties and normal cough.

He said 23 Malaysian pilgrims were warded at the three Tabung Haji medical centres. They comprised 15 in Makkah (at Syisya and Aziziah) and eight at Al Addin in Madinah.

All were reported to be in stable condition, Dr Mohamad Faid told reporters here today.

He advised Malaysian pilgrims, including those who had yet to leave for the holy land, to take care of their health and hygiene.

He said two deaths had been reported among Malaysian pilgrims and both of them died due to heart attack.

"A case involving a pilgrim suffering from mental disorder was reported in Medina, and the patient is reported to be in stable condition," added Dr Mohamad Faid.

He said the Tabung Haji medical teams comprised 248 personnel, including 40 medical officers, four medical specialists, 61 nurses and 52 assistant medical officers.

He said Tabung Haji was also equipped with 19 ambulance vehicles and that an additional treatment centre would be opened at Masyair when the 'wukuf' (grand assembly) started."

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