Friday, August 21, 2009

More DIED due to H1N1

As of today the tally has increased to 68 fatalities.
The Minister if Health said that the government would contemplating declaring a health curfew if the mortality rate goes above 0.4 per cent.

Situasi Semasa Pandemik (H1N1) 2009 Dan Tindakan Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
21 Ogos 2009


Dimaklumkan sehingga 21 Ogos 2009 jam 9.00 pagi, sejumlah 257 kes baru dengan gejala influenza-like illness (ILI) telah dimasukkan ke hospital, manakala 234 kes telah didiscaj keluar menjadikan baki seramai 1556 kes sedang dirawat di 98 buah hospital termasuk 3 hospital swasta di seluruh negara. Dari jumlah ini, hanya 220 kes (14%) yang disahkan positif H1N1.

Dari 220 kes yang disahkan H1N1, 44 kes berada di ICU di mana 12 kes merupakan kemasukan baru sementara 3 kes dipindah keluar dari ICU. Daripada 44 kes yang sedang dirawat di ICU, 20 kes (45%) mempunyai faktor risiko iaitu penyakit kronik (7), hamil dan bersalin (4), bayi (4), asma (2), obesiti (2) dan kanak-kanak istimewa (1).

Untuk makluman, tiada kematian baru yang disahkan akibat jangkitan influenza A(H1N1) dilaporkan pada hari ini.

Mengikut laporan Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO), penularan pandemik H1N1 di dunia masih lagi aktif dan melibatkan 182 buah negara. Sehingga 21 Ogos 2009 jam 8.00 pagi, terdapat peningkatan kes jangkitan influenza A(H1N1) sebanyak 2073 kes menjadikan jumlah kes terkumpul 233,342 dengan peningkatan kes kematian sebanyak 46 menjadikan jumlah kematian terkumpul 2,399.

Kementerian Kesihatan mengambil maklum kesukaran mendapatkan bekalan ubat antiviral pada masa kini. Oleh itu, orang ramai boleh mendapatkan bekalan ubat antiviral dari fasiliti kesihatan swasta yang menyertai rangkaian Klinik Cegah dan Rawat H1N1 yang telah dilancarkan oleh Yang Berhormat Menteri Kesihatan Malaysia pada 20 Ogos 2009. Ianya boleh diperolehi pada harga tidak melebihi RM80.00. Bagi fasiliti kesihatan swasta yang ingin menyertai rangkaian tersebut, sila layari http://www.h1n1.net.my/ untuk maklumat lanjut.

Orang ramai digesa untuk memberi perhatian serius tentang langkah-langkah pencegahan jangkitan influenza untuk mengekang penularan wabak H1N1. Kementerian Kesihatan ingin menasihatkan kepada orang ramai untuk mengutamakan dan mengamalkan langkah-langkah pencegahan seperti berikut:

1. Apabila berada di tempat awam yang sesak, adalah dinasihatkan supaya individu-individu yang mempunyai symptom influenza-like illness(ILI) memakai mask bagi mengelakkan penularan jangkitan influenza kepada orang ramai.

2.
Bagi individu-individu yang mempunyai faktor risiko seperti wanita mengandung, asma, penyakit paru-paru yang kronik, diabetes dan golongan dengan imuniti yang rendah adalah digalakkan memakai mask bagi mengelakkan mereka mendapat jangkitan.

3.
Mereka yang berisiko tinggi dinasihatkan mendapatkan rawatan segera bagi mengelakkan mendapat komplikasi akibat jangkitan.

Kementerian Kesihatan ingin terus menegaskan bahawa rawatan antiviral hanya diberikan kepada kumpulan-kumpulan berikut tanpa perlu menjalani ujian pengesahan influenza A(H1N1):

1. Individu yang mempunyai gejala influenza-like illness (ILI) dan mempunyai faktor risiko seperti wanita mengandung, obesiti, asma, penyakit paru-paru kronik, diabetes dan golongan dengan imuniti rendah.

2. Individu yang mempunyai gejala ILI, tanpa mempunyai faktor risiko tetapi mempunyai demam yang tinggi (>38°C) berpanjangan (lebih daripada 2 hari).

3. Individu yang telah menjalani ujian “rapid test” serta didapati positif, mereka akan diberikan rawatan antiviral jika gejala jangkitan menjadi teruk dalam masa 48 jam.

Maklumat semasa jangkitan influenza A(H1N1) boleh diperolehi melalui talian hotline yang beroperasi dari jam 8.00 pagi hingga 5.30 petang di talian 03-88810200 dan 03­88810300 dan juga laman web Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia http://www.moh.gov.my dan http://h1n1.moh.gov.my. Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia meminta orang ramai terus memberi kerjasama berterusan untuk menangani penularan wabak ini.

Sekian, terima kasih.

TAN SRI DATO’ SERI DR. HJ. MOHD. ISMAIL BIN MERICAN
Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan Malaysia

Tarikh: 21 Ogos 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Latest Updates on H1N1 Fatalities as of 11.08.09

Tuesday August 11, 2009
Flu fatalities climb to 32

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia reported six more deaths related to Influenza A (H1N1), bringing the total number of fatalities to 32..............

...................To date, the total number of reported cases in the country stood at 1,982. Globally, 208,155 people have been found to be infected by the virus and 1,688 people from 174 countries have died.


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/8/11/nation/4491571&sec=nation

Friday, August 07, 2009

My Take on the issues of Teaching English

Much has been said about the need to improve students and teachers'English Proficiency. The Government has indeed made plans to get this done. Millions of Ringgit will be spent in order to achieve this. As the Education Minister said, they are going to bring in Aussie University to share their experience in helping students to master English. Well, in my opinion, after teaching ENGLISH more that 19 years , even getting teachers from Australia or Britain will be fruitless. I think our present local Universities have done a good job in producing TESL Teachers. Afterall we are following their techniques and methods in teaching. Books, articles or even research texts are easily available in the University's inventory. I do not see any good in spending more money implementing plans hastily which we dont even know the level of success yet.

What we need to do is to change the students' attitude. In order to do that we need to educate the parents. After all these years their mind have been set to reject English. Most parents in rural area are not well educated. Most of them are farmers,working in the palm oil estates, fisherman and other low income sectors. From my experience these students did badly in their academics, what more English? well we need a miracle to achieve that vision. What makes the Ministry think they could solve this problem by having specially trained English teachers ? The way I see it we have to bear in mind that their(Australia) success in helping students in rural schools is largely due to the fact that Australia's First language is English . In the contrary ours is Bahasa Melayu.Their language of instruction is English so its easier to get them to master English there.

Secondly i am of the opinion that the ministry should build a language lab specially for learning English. As we know children learn language by exposure and hands on. Im sure the present computer lab in schools is a perfect place to be utilised for that purpose. Rather than spending money on getting their expertise, i think it is more relevant to develop their language mastery by having more practice. This is even better as the language lab can motivate them instead of boring conventional English class.

Yes i do support the ministry move to make it compulsory for form 5 students to pass their English in SPM Level. But why do we need to just merely adopting the rules to the SPM Students? why not Form 3 students? By doing this we will be able to detect students' success rate of the language as early as UPSR or PMR. So they do not have problems sitting for them SPM English paper later.

Lastly, i do hope that the ministry to monitor closely the students who are enrolling TESL course in Universities. These students are going to be English teacher and they should have all it takes to be one. They should be chosen on merits. This is to prevent further embarrassment to the eduction ministry later as for now we can identify a lot of these English teachers who fare poorly especially in their grammar knowledge. I do see lots of English teachers who do not even know what is Subject Verb agreement. This is a very serious issue.

There are lots of measures to be taken for that purpose but i guess that the ministry people have their own point of view concerning the teaching of English. Whatever it is
i hope before they implement anything , they should consult the teachers' view. They never know they could generate more ideas which are not time consuming and expensive.

Government taps Aussie varsity help on English

Government taps Aussie varsity help on English

PERTH: The Education Ministry will work with Edith Cowan Univer-sity to improve the English language proficiency among students and teachers.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said a memorandum of understanding would be signed soon.

“The need is urgent. We need to develop this collaboration and make it effective as soon as possible,” he told Malaysian reporters after visiting the university’s Mount Lawley campus as part of a five-day working visit here.

Muhyiddin, who is Education Minister, earlier had discussions with the university’s vice-chancellor Prof Kerry O. Cox.

The university trains teachers who specialise in teaching English and the ministry wanted to learn from their experience, he said.

“We want to look at the techniques used for helping people master English and their experience in sending teachers to rural areas as Western Australia is a very large state and has many schools there.

“They also have to attract teachers to teach in rural areas and this problem is almost similar to what Malaysia is facing.”

Muhyiddin said there could be Australian techniques that Malaysia could adapt for use.

Asked when the revised English curriculum would be introduced, he said it was part of the ministry’s new strategy on “Upholding Bahasa Malaysia, Strengthening English” which would be introduced in 2012.

“But if we can start earlier, it would be better.”

Prof Cox said the university was willing to send its team of experts to help.

Muhyiddin announced last month that the ministry would reverse the teaching of Mathe-matics and Science in English to Malay.

Part of the decision entailed strengthening the English curriculum.