MOH staff found sleeping, playing with phone given show cause letter

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Viral photo and video showing two employees under the Ministry of Health positioned at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) to scan temperature of passengers in order to curb infectious diseases were found sleeping and playing with mobile phone.
Viral photo and video showing two employees under the Ministry of Health positioned at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) to scan temperature of passengers in order to curb infectious diseases were found sleeping and playing with mobile phone.

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

PUTARAJAYA – The two employees under the Ministry of Health (MOH) who were positioned to handle the thermal scanner at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) have been issued show cause letter.

They would need to provide explanations for sleeping and playing with mobile phone while on duty.

Minister of Health, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said, the duo have also been warned after the MOH conducted an investigation on the video which turned viral in the social media.

“I was informed and I also watched the video clip. It definitely did not give a good perception.

“Although I do not know what actually happened to the person who slept, I could give her the benefit of doubt that she could be unwell but we cannot take lightly on the person who played with his mobile phone.

“In short, we need to heighten our discipline,” he said during a news conference after delivering the 2020 New Year address at his ministry today.

Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad at a news conference in conjunction with the 2020 New Year Address at the Ministry of Health in Putrajaya.     PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 13 JANUARY 2020.Viral photo and video showing two employees under the Ministry of Health positioned at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) to scan temperature of passengers in order to curb infectious diseases were found sleeping and playing with mobile phone.
Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad at a news conference in conjunction with the 2020 New Year Address at the Ministry of Health in Putrajaya.
PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 13 JANUARY 2020.

The video of the duo which was shared online had created concerns on the possibility of foreign tourists who were infected with contagious diseases as the measures to curb its spread by the MOH was not carried out well. The issue also escalated with the increasing influenza cases in the country and polio Sabah.

The thermal scanner was installed at the airport as a preventive measure to stop the spread of infectious diseases. The MOH staff could stop anyone with body temperature exceeding 37 degree Celsius from entering the country.

Last week, two cases of polio affecting an 11-year-old child from Kinabatangan and an 8-year-old child from Sandakan were detected.

At the same time, many patients are being treated for Influenza A.

Shortage of the influenza antiviral were also reported in private clinics causing panic in areas affected with the influenza.

The government, through MOH have taken preventive measures by setting up thermal scanner in airports. -MalaysiaGazette

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