47,880 HFMD cases reported so far, says Health Minister

Irwan Shafrizan Ismail

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has recorded 47,880 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) between Jan 1 and Thursday.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said nearly 90 per cent of the reported cases involved children aged six and below.

This year alone, he added, most states showed an increase in the number of HFMD cases with Selangor recording the highest number at 13,901 cases.

He said the cumulative HFMD cases in the past two days have been dropping and that there were 710 cases reported nationwide yesterday.

“To date, there are 701 premises including schools, day care centres and pre-schools which have been closed due to the disease and some of them have also re-opened in stages,” said Dr Dzulkefly at the launch of a townhall meeting to promote awareness on prevention measures for HFMD.

He said the ministry has been conducting townhall programme to promote key practices in efforts to prevent HFMD.

Since the programme started on July 29, there have been 633 townhall sessions involving teachers and operators from 6,714 day care centres, kindergartens and pre-schools, said the Health Minister.

“These townhalls also show the commitment and cooperation of various sectors in arresting the spread of the disease,” he added.

Aside from the townhall programme, he said the ministry had also conducted various health promotions and education programmes relating to HFMD to the public, starting early this year.

“Until Wednesday, we have conducted 116,288 communications through briefings and distributed 115,029 flyers as well as posters,” said Dr Dzulkefly. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd