Healthcare Media Report: 16th - 18th May 2020

Updated: May 19, 2020

Headline: Qualitas, Scicom MSC launch Covid-19 testing platform

Date: 18 May 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 4,623,090


  • Qualitas Medical Group and Scicom (MSC) Bhd launched a COVID-19 platform to manage screening requirements for companies and workers.

  • The platform is a public e-commerce website and has a test centre management system built with "track and trace" and "digital check-in" functions.

  • All Malaysian employers can now register their employees for screenings, and schedule test appointments and track test results before resuming their work.

  • Users can also check the latest safety precautions, MOH hotline, latest COVID-19 news and COVID-19 test centre contact information.

Headline: Why coronavirus may never go away - according to the World Health Organisation

Date: 17 May 2020

Source: The Mail

Monthly Visitors: 66,030


  • WHO Emergencies Director stated that predicting when the Coronavirus will go away is pointless.

  • Currently, there are 100 potential vaccines in development.

  • WHO's Mental Health Department reported that the pandemic threatens both physical and mental health, and there will be an increase in the severity of mental health illnesses amongst the people.

  • The causes of isolation, fear, uncertainty and economic turmoil all cause psychological distress to people.

Headline: Taiwan did not warn us about human-to-human transmission: World Health Organisation

Date: 17 May 2020

Source: Goa Chronicle

Monthly Visitors: 45,090


  • Taiwan and WHO continue to spar over an email that was sent to the International Health Regulators (IHR) on 31st December 2019.

  • WHO claims that the email received from Taiwan CDC only requested for more information about the virus, but did not warn them about human-to-human transmission.

  • However, The Central Epidemic Command Centre of Taiwan explained that the words "atypical pneumonia" used in the letter was self-explanatory as the term meant a disease transmitted between humans caused by Coronavirus.

  • The contents of the letter are available in the above link.

Headline: Malaysia: Covid-19 recovery rate exceeds 80%

Date: 17 May 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 4,623,090


  • 17 new cases were reported on Saturday - there is now a national total of 6,872 cases.

  • Malaysia's COVID-19 cases have been on decline since the implementation of the MCO on 18th March.

  • The government will set a date for schools to reopen and provide a 2 weeks notice.

  • The government decided to allow foreigners participating in the MM2H programme to enter the country from Sunday, but must first undertake a 14 day quarantine.

  • Under the MCO, Malaysia maintains a tight border control to prevent Malaysians from leaving the country, and most foreigners from entering.

Headline: The Covid-19 Test Fund helps even healthcare front liners

Date: 16 May 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 4,623,090


  • The following questions are answered in the Star Newspaper:

  • What is the Covid-19 Test Fund (CTF)?

  • Which policy holders are eligible for the RM300 under the CTF?

  • Who is eligible to claim from the CTF?

  • Who can be tested for Covid-19 under this CTF?

  • How does an individual claim for the Covid-19 test, and what is the maximum amount that can be claimed?

  • What documents are needed to apply for this claim?

  • When can one apply for reimbursement?

  • Am I entitled to claim from the CTF if I am advised to go for a surgery?

  • Am I entitled to claim for the CTF if I am advised to be hospitalised but my condition does not require a surgery?

  • If I have a medical card, will the cost of the Covid-19 test be covered by way of Letter of Guarantee?

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