Accuracy of temperature reading is on the forehead, Health DG says

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE Health Ministry (MoH) does not encourage the act of some people scanning the temperature on other parts of the body, as the reading will not be accurate.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the temperature reading is most accurate when the scan is done on the forehead as the recommended usage.

He also waived concerns of negative side effects if the temperature scanner is often used on the forehead, as so far there has been no scientific evidence of the allegation.

“The use of temperature scanners on parts of the body other than the forehead is questionable. People are advised not to do so.

“So far, there is no scientific evidence that can link the claim that the use of a temperature scanner can cause other diseases. The most accurate temperature reading is on the forehead,” he said in his Covid-19 press conference yesterday.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry is currently collaborating with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and various government agencies to help produce the three-layer fabric face masks.

He said the use of the three-layer fabric face masks can help reduce the costs, especially for students and those with low incomes as it can be washed and used repeatedly.

“Some NGOs have agreed to donate one million fabric face masks to be distributed to the public,” he said.

MoH only recommends the use of three-layer face masks among the public as recommended by the World Health Organisation.

The country recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, involving 10 local transmissions andfive import cases, bringing the country’s overall total to 9,038.

Currently, 200 active Covid-19 cases are being treated at health facilities nationwide.

Among the active cases yesterday, two were placed in the intensive care unit with one of them requiring respiratory aid.

Eleven patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the total recovered cases in the country to 8,713 or 96.4% of the total cases.

No new deaths were recorded yesterday, as the country’s death tally remains at 125.

Separately, Dr Noor Hisham said there is a large possibility that the spread of Covid-19 involving the Sivagangga cluster in Kedah originated from a “super-spreader” virus strain.

The ministry was informed of a “super-spreader” coronavirus strain that originates from countries such as Egypt and Pakistan.

“We are still studying the sample in the labs to see the genomic sequence of the virus. Only then, we can decide if we are facing a ‘super-spreader’ cluster.

“What we see is that the Sivagangga cluster has a faster rate of transmission when compared with the previous Covid-19 clusters,” he said.

As of noon yesterday, the country recorded six new Covid-19 cases from the Sivagangga cluster.

A total of 2,351 people had been screened in the cluster to date, with 30 cases detected positive, 1,617 tested negative, while the remaining 704 are awaiting their results.