Wednesday, June 25, 2014

10,000 TB cases reported as of May

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said 10,007 tuberculosis (TB) cases were reported for the first five months this year.
Of this number, 8,568 cases involved Malaysians while the rest were foreigners.
“In 2013, a total of 24,071 cases were reported with 20,687 affecting Malaysians and 3,384 foreigners,” he said in reply to a question from Senator Datuk Chin Su Phin in Dewan Negara here today.
Chin wanted to know the ministry’s proactive measures regarding the TB situation that was a cause for concern, especially in Sabah, and whether it was linked to foreigners.
Subramaniam said there were many factors which caused the spread of TB, and the presence of foreigners in the country was one of the reasons.
He said should any foreign workers experience signs of TB infection, their working permit would not be approved and their would be sent back.
Besides that, he said government health personnel were actively diagnosing the cases at early stages so that treatment can be provided.

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