Be truthful in disclosing information, Health Ministry urges public, patients

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Pandemic Covid-19 committee meeting chaired by Minister in the prime minister’s department Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof in Putrajaya. Also present is Health director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

Due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, the Health Ministry has urged the public and patients to be truthful when providing information of their history and close contacts.

Its director-general Datuk Seri Noor Hisham Abdullah said that there were a few incidences this week where patients concealed their contacts and/or symptoms.

He said this included their travel history and people they had come into close contact with.

He gave the example of how information of those linked to the tabligh gathering at Masjid Jamek in Seri Petaling was also not being revealed.

“Only after clinical procedures and treatment were completed that such critical information was disclosed. By then, the safety of our healthcare workers and facilities had been jeopardised. It is a crime not to reveal or hide information.

“I appeal to the public and patients to please be truthful and not to hide information and risk our lives and facilities, ” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (March 20).

As of Thursday (March 19), a total of 900 cases of the virus were detected in the country, the fourth highest number in Asia.

The government on Monday (March 16) announced a movement control order (MCO) from March 18-31 to curb the spread of the virus, which has so far taken two lives in Malaysia.

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