Healthcare Media Report: 14th May 2020

Updated: May 19, 2020

Headline: Special measures needed to fight Covid-19

Date: 14 May 2020

Source: Malaysian Reserve

Monthly Visitors: 203,340


  • In order to exit the MCO, a Malaysian economist believes that implementation of mass mobilisation or wartime economy is necessary.

  • Aside from offering a mass testing plan for migrant workers in high-risk zones, the government still does not have a decisive action plan for these workers.

  • The new norms adopted by the country are: working from home, practising social distancing, and utilising standard operating procedures set by the government.

Headline: LYC Healthcare inks deal to market Covid-19 contact tracing app in Malaysia

Date: 14 May 2020

Source: The Edge Markets

Monthly Visitors: 708,630


  • LYC Healthcare partners with local IT company, Forwen Tracker, to market a COVID-19 contact tracing app.

  • The Forwen tracker app is a centralised Big Data System with a combination of web application, including Android and iOS application for data collection relating to the Coronavirus outbreak.

  • If the app user is infected with the Coronavirus, the app functions to identify all other users within the vicinity of the infected user.

  • The other users within the vicinity will be informed via push notification, SMS, and email regarding the infected user's contraction of the virus.

Headline: Malaysia's Health DG: Risky to purchase plasma from dark web

Date: 14 May 2020

Source: Asia One

Monthly Visitors: 1,330,320


  • The Health Ministry advises against Malaysians buying plasma from dubious sources such as cybercriminals.

  • The Director General (DG) said buying plasma on the dark web is dangerous because the criteria selection of the plasma donor is unknown.

  • Moreover, the blood collection, screening and processing is not monitored and may not be done according to the expected standards.

  • The DG also said there is currently an adequate number of convalescent plasma (CP) to be supplied to hospitals managing COVID-19 patients.

  • CP donations from recovered COVID-19 patients are also underway at the National Blood Centre (PDN), collaborating with the Infectious Disease Department of Sungai Buloh.

  • The CP donations at the PDN follows a strict safety procedure to ensure the wellbeing of donors, its recipients, and the CP's quality.

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