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Najib calls for joint action against Zika spread

by September 3, 2016 General

KUALA LUMPUR: Close collaboration between Malaysia and its neighbours is vital in dealing with the Zika virus threat in the region, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

In his speech at the 9th General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) here, the Prime Minister said the virus was spreading.

“We’re being hit. Singapore has been badly hit and the first Malaysian infected with the virus has been detected.

“Close collaboration with our neighbours is absolutely vital when dealing with the threat of a communicable disease,” he said.

Najib urged policymakers from the more than 30 Asian countries attending the event to work more closely together to deal with it.

“No country is an island. It’s a cliché to say that but it is becoming increasingly true when you talk about communicable diseases, terrorism, economic threats ….

“There is whole plethora of challenges that we face which cannot be addressed effectively without the spirit of working together,” he said.

In a related development, the Education Ministry was working closely with the Health Ministry on precautionary measures against Zika, said Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon.

He said the Health Ministry has provided some guidance and his ministry was taking the necessary steps to ensure better cleanliness in schools.

“Before this, we were facing the threat of dengue so we will increase those precautions to combat Zika,” he said after closing a Jombola tournament by Petaling Perdana education district at SMK Subang Jaya yesterday.