by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has appointed ProtectHealth Corp Sdn Bhd as the executor of private general health practitioners’ involvement in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP).
Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the involvement of ProtectHealth, which was incorporated in 2016 under MoH as a non-profit company, is for the implementation of the NIP Phases 2 and 3.
“As announced by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, the Covid-19 Vaccine Supplies Access Guarantee Special Committee has agreed to involve private medical practitioners to maximise access to vaccine distribution more widely to the people,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Private medical practitioners who are interested in participating in the NIP for Phases 2 and 3 will need to register with ProtectHealth starting March 8 through www.protecthealth.com.my.
On Covid-19 updates, Malaysia reported 1,529 daily cases yesterday, of which 1,520 were local transmissions and nine were import cases.
Dr Noor Hisham said this is the lowest number of new cases recorded for 2021, and the increase in the new cases has brought the country’s overall total to 314,989.
Selangor still reported the highest number of new daily cases with 726 cases, followed by Sarawak (252) and Johor (120).
The number of active cases has been less than 20,000, which stands at 19,778 cases. Of the total active cases, 160 patients were placed in the intensive care unit, while another 79 patients required respiratory aid.
A total of 2,076 patients have been discharged, bringing the total recoveries to 294,034.
However, eight new deaths were reported involving seven citizens and one non-citizen, increasing the country’s death toll to 1,177.
“The death cases involved two cases each in Sabah, Penang and Johor, as well as one case each in Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak,” he said.
The ministry has also identified four new clusters involving three workplace-related clusters and one community-related cluster.
Separately, the government has terminated the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Felda Jengka 1, Felda Jengka 2, Felda Jengka 7 and Felda Ulu Jempol, Maran, Pahang, yesterday, earlier than the scheduled date.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said MoH has conducted 471 screening tests and out of that number cumulatively, only one case has been reported involving the locality.
A total of 517 individuals were arrested for violating the standard operating procedures of the Movement Control Order and of that number, 513 were compounded and four were remanded.
“Among the offences include no physical distancing (202), failing to provide registration equipment to record customer details (95), not wearing face mask (66), entertainment centre activities (64), interstate crossing without permission (64), premises operating overtime (18), leaving the house without reasonable grounds in the area (one) and others (seven),” said the minister.
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