Malaysian PM views A/H1N1 flu a serious threat 2009-08-07 18:48:26   Print

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday that Influenza A/H1N1 had become a serious threat to the nation.

    The prime minister also advised the people to take precautions measures to prevent the spread of the virus, the Malaysian news agency Bernama reported.

    This included not attending unnecessary gatherings as gathering would only expose the participants to additional risk of contracting the virus, Najib said.

    According to the Malaysia Health Ministry website, as of 8 a.m. Friday, Malaysia recorded 15 fatalities of the disease and the total cases of the flu had risen to 1,525.

    Najib said at a press conference after opening the Malaysian Sports Industry convention here that personal hygiene must be maintained at all times, reminding people of taking preventive measures like washing hands and wearing masks.

    On the other hand, Malaysia Information, Communications, Arts and Culture Minister Rais Yatim said that his colleague from the Health Ministry could disseminate information on the disease via relevant advertisements.

    He said in a press conference on the country's national day celebration that when preparing for the celebration, public health issues would not be ignored.

    The flu should not be a hindrance to celebrate Malaysia's National Day as long as proper approaches were executed, added Rais.

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Editor: Bi Mingxin
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