PETALING JAYA: It is time the government listens to health experts when managing the Covid-19 pandemic, citing the number of policies that have failed to contain the spread of the disease, the Malaysian Medical Association said.
Wading into the debate over public sanitisation, MMA president Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said he agreed with infectious disease expert Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman that such initiatives are a waste of resources.
He said the latest evidence shows that Covid-19 is an airborne virus.
Therefore, he said, large-scale disinfecting of public areas will not be effective in preventing the spread of the disease.
Subramaniam said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO), among others, have also expressed reservations on public sanitisation.
He hoped that after three movement control orders and a second full lockdown, “the government wakes up and realises it is time to start listening to the experts”.
“It is time to listen to experts like Prof Adeeba. The WHO highly appreciates her contributions.
“Shouldn’t her home country do the same?” he said in a statement, referring to Adeeba’s membership at the WHO Science Council.
Recently, an aide to housing and local government minister Zuraida Kamaruddin rebuked Adeeba for her criticisms on public sanitisation.
Nor Hizwan Ahmad told Adeeba to focus on Selangor, where the highest number of Covid-19 cases are recorded every day, adding that it is not the time to find fault with anyone.
Adeeba is also part of the Selangor Covid-19 task force.
Subramaniam said Hizwan “did not do his homework” when making his comments, nor does he have a clue on the effective management of Covid-19.
Instead of apple polishing, “he should have given the right advice to his boss,” he added.