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Running Out Of Blood Type O, National Blood Centre Is Calling Blood Donor To Come Forward

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The national blood centre is running out of blood type O and the Ministry of Health is urging Malaysians for help. National Blood Centre tweeted that they open from 30th July to 2nd August 2020 for donations at these locations:

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Pusat Darah Negara, Jalan Tun Razak

Telephone: 03-26132688

30th July 2020 (Thursday)

7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

31st July 2020 – 2nd August 2020

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Pusat Darah Negara Donation Suite, Midvalley Megamall

Telephone: 03-22800349

30th July 2020 – 2nd August 2020 (Thursday – Sunday)

10:00 Am – 9:00 PM

Suite Derma Darah Puspanita, Presint 10 Putrajaya

Telephone: 03-88810084

30th July 2020 – 2nd August 2020 (Thursday-Sunday)

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

There are a few requirements that you need to fulfil before you donate your blood.

  1. Aged between 18 and 60 years old (for those less than 18, written consent from parents or legal guardian is required).
  2. Bodyweight of at least 45 kg.
  3. In good physical and mental health with no chronic medical illness.
  4. Not on long term medications and has not been intoxicated by alcohol within 24 hours prior to donation.
  5. Should not be fasting and have had enough sleep (more than 5 hours) the night before donating.
  6. Has been staying in Malaysia for at least one year (for non-citizen).

If you think you are perfect for this, please donate and become a blood donor as you could save many lives especially for those who really need it.

Source: Pusat Darah Negara

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Coronavirus Found In China-Made Ice Cream

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Recently, traces of the Covid-19 coronavirus have been discovered in ice cream produced in China. This shocking discovery has led to a government recall of products and 1,662 employees placed in quarantine.

Because of that, fresh questions among people have been raised over the risks of catching the coronavirus from food. According to a report, three samples of ice cream had been found to contain traces of Sars-CoV-2, which causes the disease Covid-19.

The particular company that made the ice cream is the Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd and it is located in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin which is adjacent to Beijing and it already has been sealed.

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An investigation suggested that Ukrainian milk powder used to make the ice cream was the likely source. Three samples of the powder and two further samples of ice creams from the same batch were also found to contain the Sars-CoV-2. This was discovered after taking more than 2,800 samples from the ice cream, packaging, manufacturing plants, and retail stores.

There was no indication anyone had contracted the virus from the ice cream after employees were tested for the coronavirus. Authorities said that the company produced 4,836 Covid-19 contaminated ice cream boxes. Some 2,089 of which have already been sealed and contained in storage as of Jan. 14.

The ones sold in Tianjin stores were being tracked down. Most of the 29,000 cartons in the batch had yet to be sold. Authorities in other areas have been notified. A total of 21 ice creams remained unaccounted for. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the risk of catching Covid-19 from frozen food is low.

The contamination of ice cream is seen as a new risk as the food is consumed directly without heating or cooking first. The cold environment can also prolong the lifespan of the virus.

Sources: South China Morning Post, Mothership

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Frontliner Dr Ali’s Death Not Due To COVID-19 Or Work Fatigue – Health DG

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today clarified that the death of Health Ministry (MOH) frontliner Dr Ali Noor Hassan was neither due to COVID-19 nor work fatigue.

Dr Noor Hisham said Dr Ali died of other diseases but declined to elaborate.

“He died not because of COVID-19 infection or work fatigue,” he said in a short WhatsApp message to Bernama today.

The Skuad Pengurusan Jenazah Malaysia (SPJM), via its Facebook page Tuesday, said that Dr Ali had fallen sick due to work stress and fatigue, as he alledgely did not have enough rest while serving on the frontline battling the pandemic.

Meanwhile, in a statement on his Facebook page, Dr Noor Hisham urged people to respect Dr Ali’s family and not to speculate on his death, saying the COVID-19 test done on Dr Ali had turned out negative.

He said Dr Ali, who died on the night of Jan 18, had been admitted to Kuala Lumpur Hospital in December 2020 for other diseases and had undergone several treatment sessions.

“He was an MOH medical officer who was much loved by his colleagues, patients and his local community. Our condolences to the family of Dr Ali Noor bin Hassan on his passing,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham asked everyone to pray for Dr Ali’s soul to be blessed and placed among the righteous.

Source: BERNAMA

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‘Are You Positive For COVID-19? You Can Just Stay Home If…’ – MOH

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We all know that the COVID-19 virus still exists and most states in Malaysia have already started the Movement Control Order (MCO). Malaysians are advised to always abide by the SOP that has been set by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) to reduce COVID-19 cases from continuing to increase.

However, what about those who are positive for the virus? What can be done? If you are positive for COVID-19, this does not always mean that you should be quarantined at quarantine centers provided throughout Malaysia.

According to a post by MOH on Facebook, those who are positive for COVID-19 may be suitable to sit at home if they meet the following criteria:

  • You do not experience any symptoms or just mild symptoms of COVID-19
  • You are not part of the high-risk group
  • Have a suitable care-taker
  • Able to self-isolate at home (no shared rooms or having a crowded house)
  • Can be contacted anytime through the phone

Source: MOH

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