Has anyone ever wondered why of late there have been rapid rise in cases and especially death due to the flu? Or is Malaysia very efficient in diagnosing and reporting of the disease? Or was Malaysia focussing too much on containment that her mitigation activities especially the use of antiviral had been inadvertently delayed??
Countries such as the UK started their mitigation much earlier after they, through a rigorous study of spread pattern, quickly realised that it was better to “shoot” than to keep building “useless barriers”. UK Health authorities distributed antiviral to their general practitioners (GPs) very early to prescribe to out-patient cases deemed necessary thus providing specific protection for the community at large and actively limiting spread of the virus.
The World Health Organization had advised in June 2009 for countries to move over to mitigation but somehow the Malaysian Health Authorities thought they knew better by sticking to containment activities. When they finally did move, they made the antiviral available only at selected hospitals! The virus has managed by then to pull the rug right from under their feet!