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No polio cases in Sandakan: Poon
Published on: Wednesday, January 01, 2020
By: Winnie Kasmir

SANDAKAN: State Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister, Datuk Frankie Poon said no polio case was reported in the district. 

“I was aware on the recent rumour circulating on social media related to polio case. Thus, I’ve checked on the matter and was informed by the Duchess of Kent Hospital that they did not receive any polio case so far. 

“If there is polio case here in this district, we will inform the public for their precaution and information,” he said.

Frankie was commenting on the rumours that a child has been admitted to hospital for polio.

Early this month, a three-month-old from Tuaran was diagnosed with polio, the first case reported in the country in nearly three decades. The baby boy was tested positive for polio after being admitted to the hospital with fever and muscle weakness.

Malaysia was declared polio-free in 2000, after reporting its last known case of the disease in 1992. Its resurgence comes just months after the Philippines reported its first cases of polio since 1993 in September.

Meanwhile, Poon said the State Government through Health Department has taken measures to prevent the H1N1 influenza A from spreading. 

“Do not worry as we have taken measures to prevent the H1N1 influenza A from spreading as we had dealt with similar issue not long ago. 

“However, parents and guardians are encouraged to take precautions by seeing registered medical officers or clinics too,” he said after officiating the “Free Hair Cuts” programme which was held in conjunction with the opening of school session 2020.

A total of 250 school children of Tanjung Papat constituency benefited from the programme held at the Futsal Court of Kampung Sim-Sim, Tuesday. 

He hoped that such programme will ease the burden of parents in preparations for the new school session, thus making children look neat in school. 



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