Dr. Muzaffar Syah Mallow
Dr. Muzaffar Syah MallowFakulti Syariah dan Undang-Undang

The Malaysian government must do their very best to protect the health and safety of Malaysian from any deadly and contagious diseases including coronavirus which are now attacking many peoples all over the world. Coronavirus is a virus that cause diseases in mammals and birds that include diarrhea in cows and pigs, and upper respiratory disease in chickens. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections, which are often mild, but in rare cases are potentially lethal. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment. In recent weeks, such virus has attacked hundreds of people as well bring death to dozens of peoples. The badly effected country is China where the virus believed to have been originated from. Many countries has also reported having victims to such deadly and contagious virus like South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Australia, France, including Malaysia. Since such virus very deadly and contagious to people, steps must be taken by everybody to ensure such virus infection is under control and can be eliminated entirely.

The government especially the Ministry of Health (MOH) must work together with all relevant agencies in the country like the Immigration Department to strictly monitor the entering of every person to this country. Our country border and entrance must tightly be monitor and control at all time in order to ensure nobody suspected carrying such deadly and contagious virus able to penetrate into our country and spread such deadly and contagious virus to our people. The government must also take bold steps to stop anyone especially from badly infected country like China to come to our country temporarily. The government must also temporarily stop the visa exemption given to China tourist. Malaysian must be strongly advice not to travel to China temporarily. All these measures must be taken in order to protect our people from being expose with such deadly and contagious virus.

Beside the government, every individual must take their own efforts to protect themselves from becoming victim to such deadly and contagious virus. Everybody must observe hygiene at all time. It is very important for everybody to know that there are currently no vaccines available to protect themselves against human coronavirus infection. However, they can take steps in order to reduce their risk of infection like by constantly wash their hand with water and soap, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, avoid making close contact with people who are sick, wearing mask when they are in crowd, and others. Anyone who suffer any sickness must immediately seek medical assistance and inspection from qualified physician or a doctor.

Constant awareness must also be carry out by the authorities over such issue to the public in the country. Public in the country must be constantly inform about the latest development over the issue. Public must be inform over steps which need to be taken by them in order to protect themselves from being infected with such deadly and contagious virus. Children in our school must also be properly educate over such matter. Everybody cooperation is needed if we want to control and eliminate such deadly and contagious diseases more effectively and efficiently.

This article is published on 20 January, 2020.