Thank you but why you never wait for our SOP first?
That's basically what health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had to say about the authorities who recently conducted public disinfection activities in their areas.
"We want to say thank you to DBKL, KPKT and the district council for helping with sanitisation of public places but they should follow the SOP by MOH," he said during a press conference on 31 March.
Loads of acronyms used in that sentence and if you don't know what they mean, here's a brief explainer.
DBKL - Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur or Kuala Lumpur City Hall
KPKT - Kementerian Perumahan Dan Kerajaan Tempatan or Ministry of Housing and Local Government
SOP - Standard Operating Procedures
MOH - Ministry of Health
Back to the main report now.
MOH has not issued an SOP yet
When questioned if the recent disinfection operation carried out by the authorites failed to follow SOP, Dr Noor Hisham said that they were done even before MOH could provide the SOP to them.
He said that for example, the chemicals used in the operation should be the ones recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
"MOH will advise them on how to conduct these operations properly," he said.
Experts question disinfection method
While many thanked the authorities and those involved for proactively disinfecting, experts questioned the need to spray chemicals on surfaces such as roads.
Some said that it was a waste and that the cleaning activities should be concentrated in areas which had high human contact.
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Anywhooooo, MOH has assured that they will provide the SOP soon and hopefully the authorities adhere to it.
We would hate to see the efforts by all the enthusiastic volunteers go to waste.