It’s still difficult to get influenza vaccine – MCA

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Lee Hong Tee Influenza A outbreak influenza vaccine MCA
The Central Committee Member cum the Chairman of Social Development Committee of MCA Datuk Dr Lee Hong Tee

KUALA LUMPUR – MCA doubted the statement made by the Ministry of Health who claimed that the Influenza vaccine stock shortage has been resolved.

Up until today, the people still find it difficult to get the vaccine and other medications are facing shortage too.

The Central Committee Member cum the Chairman of Social Development Committee of MCA Datuk Dr Lee Hong Tee questioned if the statement made by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad was actually based on fact.

He expressed his regrets that despite the Influenza A outbreak is threatening the people and is on an increasing trend, the government has yet to issue any orders or action plan.

According to Lee, the hospitals were merely asking the patients to return to their homes.

“The government is incompetent, passive and slow, causing the people to live in fear, confusion and worries,” he said in a statement.

According to him, the Influenza A outbreak happened at the end of last year and it has spread fast causing its vaccine to run out of stock in December.

“It seemed like the government is unable to do anything on the disease.

“The situation is identical to the Sungai Kim Kim pollution in Johor last year. Both incidents created outrage and the people were upset by the weakness of the government,” he said urging the government to create a mechanism to overcome the crisis.

The government also needs to seek ways to obtain more vaccines and distribute them effectively to protect the people.

MCA also suggested that the government should create a Special Influenza Action Taskforce to handle the outbreak and dissipate relevant information.

He also suggested for the Ministry of Health to set-up a work stations in locations badly affected by the outbreak to manage the distribution of the vaccines. -MalaysiaGazette

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