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Unity still lacking in fight against Covid, says health DG

Instead of fighting against the virus, Malaysians are fighting over different opinions on approach, he says.

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A sense of unity among Malaysians in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is still lacking thus contributing to the high number of positive cases, says health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He admitted that SOP compliance among the public was still an issue today even though the pandemic had been around for more than a year.

“I think this is lacking because there is actually discordance in terms of our unity. Instead of fighting against the virus, we are fighting against each other in terms of opinion, in terms of approach, etcetera,” he said in a speech at the First Malaysia International Webinar on Psychological First Aid organised by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris today.

Noor Hisham assured that during the crisis, every decision was made with thorough consideration.

“When you have lives and livelihoods, a balance between health and economy, how do you create a right balance? This is a very difficult and challenging job, to have a minimum impact on economic and maximum outcome in health.

“This is why sometimes it’s not straightforward, because you need to take into consideration many other issues before a decision is made,” he said.

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