The Malaysia Ministry of Health just shared how they conduct home surveillance for close contacts of COVID-19 patients!
Find out how home surveillance is conducted in Malaysia, so you can identify and ignore fake news when you see them on social media!
COVID-19 : How Malaysia Conducts Home Surveillance!
Who Qualifies For Home Surveillance?
In Malaysia, home surveillance is conducted on people who have been identified as :
- Close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case, as identified by the District Health Office
- Person Under Investigation (PUI) who has not fulfilled the admission criteria, after assessment at screening centre
What Happens During Home Surveillance?
- The first sample for COVID-19 testing will be taken at the screening centre.
- The District Health Office (DHO) will issue order for Home Surveillance for 14 days.
- You will need to sign two sets of the Order for Supervision and Observation at Home form.
– One copy to be kept by the Person Under Surveillance
– The second copy to be kept as a record in the Operations Room of District Health Office.
- You must strictly follow the Home Surveillance order, and contact the DHO team if you are felling unwell, or develop symptoms
- You will be given instructions on what to do, and not to do.
- You will also be given a Home Assessment Tool (HAT) for self monitoring at home.
- The DHO will call / visit you daily to monitor your health status.
- At the end of the home surveillance order, the DHO will issue a Form for Release From Undergoing Supervision and Observation Order at Home
How Does MOH Define Close Contact?
Here in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health defines a close contact as :
- Healthcare-associated exposure without appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
This includes those providing direct care to COVID-19 patents, or working with healthcare personnel infected with COVID-19
- Working together in close proximity, or sharing an enclosed environment with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
- Travelling together with a confirmed COVID-19 case in any kind of transportation.
- Living in the same household with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
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