Health DG: Immunisation for schoolchildren to continue despite Covid-19

By S. Harrish

PARENTS of Year One pupils are urged to get the scheduled immunisations for their children from the nearest health facilities upon receiving appointment dates through their schools.

Health Department director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this involves immunisations for measles, rubella, diphtheria and tetanus for Year One pupils, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for Form One female students, and the ATT (additional dose for tetanus vaccine) for all Form Three students.

“The immunisation service for schoolchildren will continue, but while the schools are closed, the service will be provided at government health facilities such as Health Clinics, Mother and Child Health Clinics, or the nearest district health office.

“This year, the focus is on the immunisation for Year One pupils. For this, the ministry is collaborating with the Education Ministry to facilitate announcements to parents or guardians on the immunisation programme, ” he said in a statement earlier today.

Dr Noor Hisham said while the government was fighting to contain the spread of Covid-19, parents and all members of the public must work hand in hand with the ministry to prevent communicable diseases.

He added that continuous support for immunisation programmes was crucial to protect the health and future of schoolchildren.

Meanwhile, Malaysia reported 36 more Covid-19 cases and zero deaths over the last 24 hours.

Dr Noor Hisham said the nation’s total number of confirmed cases now stands at 6,855 while the death toll remains at 112.

Of the 36 new cases, 28 are foreigners.

He said 88 patients have been discharged in the same 24-hour span, which means 5,439 patients have recovered from Covid-19 since the outbreak began.

The Covid-19 recovery rate is now at 79.3 per cent.