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Queen: Families Should Stick Together to Break COVID-19 Chain

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25  — The Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah today called on all Malaysians to look after their families, especially when the country is facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

In conjunction with the 2020 National Family Month, Tunku Azizah said she and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah would like to remind all Malaysians to stick together to break the chain of COVID-19 infection.

“Concerns over COVID-19 outbreak, for sure, are playing in our minds. As a mother and wife, my priority is definitely towards my family but as the queen of the country, of course, all Malaysians are also my priority.

“In conjunction with November as the National Family Month, themed ‘Kita Jaga Keluarga’ (We Take Care of the Family), Tuanku Agong and I would like to take this opportunity to remind all Malaysians to break the COVID-19 chain together,” she said in a video posted on the Istana Negara official Facebook page today.

Tunku Azizah also reminded all parties to always abide by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the authorities and learn valuable lessons from the hardships experienced by the people during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in March.

The Queen also called on all parties to remember the sacrifices of the frontliners and the healthcare as well as security personnel who worked hard to break the COVID-19 chain.

“They also have families like us, if we stay united ‘insyaAllah’ (God willing) the whole family can spend time together as before. Take a lesson from the hardships experienced by Malaysians during the MCO in March. Are we willing to face it again?

“Therefore, my advice is for all Malaysians to look after our family, if not us who else. Let’s celebrate our family in conjunction with this National Family Month, #kitajagakeluarga,” she said.

Source: BERNAMA

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MOH Looking To Use Other Drugs To Treat COVID-19 Patients – Dr Hishamshah

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) is looking to use some other drugs apart from Baricitinib to treat COVID-19 patients in the country, said MOH deputy director-general (Research and Technical Support) Datuk Dr Hishamshah Mohd Ibrahim.

Speaking at the National Recovery Summit dialogue session today, Dr Hishamshah said these drugs will add to the number of drugs that are being used to treat COVID-19 patients in the serious categories.

“It remains a challenge to us. But Malaysia has been actively involved in many clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19 and has participated in the World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 Solidarity Trial for COVID-19 Treatments.

“We are also now using Baricitinib, a new drug, and we are looking into some other drugs, which probably are going to get EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation) approval soon, as we are discussing the matter with the manufacturers,” he said at the virtual event, organised by KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific.

On another note, Dr Hishamshah said MOH is also looking at ways to make the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit available to B40 groups.

Earlier today, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz also said the government would further revise the price of self-test kits by the end of this year to make them accessible to everyone.

Last week, the government set the retail ceiling price for the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit at RM19.90 per set and RM16 per set for a wholesale price, effective Sept 5.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Govt To Revise Down COVID-19 Self Test Kit Price By End Of The Year – Tengku Zafrul

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 — The government is looking at further revising down the price of COVID-19 Self-Test Kits by end of this year  to make them accessible to everyone.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Health are looking into the matter.

“To expand testing efforts, the Ministry of Health has recognised RTK Antigen and approved several COVID-19 Self-Test Kits which can be bought in pharmacies nationwide.

“In making the self-test kits accessible to everyone, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs and the Ministry of Health have set the ceiling price at below RM20 per set,” he said in a special address during the virtually-held National Recovery Plan Summit today.

The government has set the retail ceiling price for the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit at RM19.90 per set and RM16 per set for wholesale price, effective Sept 5.

Sources: BERNAMA

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YouTube Review: Important To Know! 5 Signs of Nervous Breakdown

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A nervous breakdown is a term that describes a period of extreme mental or emotional stress. The stress is so great that the person is unable to perform normal day-to-day activities. The term is not a clinical one nor a mental health disorder. It is used to describe many different mental health conditions, but it is no longer used by professionals today.

In general, feeling stress and being unable to cope with it may lead to feeling so overwhelmed that you can’t perform your normal daily functions. When a nervous breakdown happens, you may feel like you lose control of your feelings and give in to stress, anxiety, or worry. For those who are not familiar, these are 5 signs of a nervous breakdown.

1) Extreme Exhaustion

Too much stress may leave you feeling extreme exhaustion. You may feel tired because you’re not sleeping enough, or you may even feel tired because you’re sleeping too much. Over time, extreme exhaustion along with stress can lead to a nervous breakdown. Stress can bring about changes in your appetite.

2) Hallucinations

If you are stressed and starting to notice any of these symptoms, it could be a sign that you are on your way to a nervous breakdown. In some instances, extreme stress can even cause hallucinations. You might hear or see things that are not really there.

3) Panic Attacks

Multiple panic attacks may lead to a diagnosis of panic disorder, a type of anxiety disorder. Some people may have just one panic attack, and this is not considered a diagnosable anxiety disorder.

4) Symptoms Of Anxiety

The underline of a nervous breakdown is an anxiety disorder. Anxiety stands from low self-esteem, withdrawal from friends and families, and feelings of helplessness. While anyone could feel anxious, severe anxiety can cause us to do things like avoiding friends or engaging in constant self-loathing. These could increase your stress level and lead to a nervous breakdown.

5) Unbearable Mood Swings

Rapid and regular shifts in your mood can be a sign of a nervous breakdown or an underlying medical condition. While other changes like hormones, substances abuse, and other health conditions can pose even greater issues. Unexplainable outbursts can also be a sign of a nervous breakdown.

Sources: YouTube Psych2Go.

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