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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Health DG: Comms breakdown led to crowded mass testing at Menara City One


CORONAVIRUS | Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham has acknowledged that a “breakdown in communication” is what led to a lack of social distancing during mass testing at Menara City One on Friday night.
“There was (an) obvious breakdown in communication.
“In the end, you have masses of people crowding the area and social distancing not being observed.
“We need to improve on the implementation and follow our guiding principles,” he said when contacted after residents refuted his version of events.
The top ministry official previously said that crowding was caused by residents who had shown up for testing even though they were not called for it.
Residents at the Kuala Lumpur apartment complex, however, said it was ministry staff who had ordered them to come out of their units all at once for mass screening. They also said this was not the first time such “chaotic” situations had happened.
The building is presently under enforced movement control order (MCO) due to a high concentration of Covid-19 cases there.
Following the incident, Noor Hisham said that the ministry will work on improving its implementation of health checks.
“The ministry has instructed the state health director to work closely with the police, residents and management to better improve the implementation in future.
“Thank you to all residents in all MCO areas and buildings for your understanding, patience and cooperation,” he told Malaysiakini. - Mkini

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