MIRI: Following a suspected Zika case reported by a local Chinese daily here, Assistant Minister for Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil commented that he has not received any information or confirmation about it yet.
When contacted by The Borneo Post today (Sept 13), Dr Jerip said, “I have not been informed of any of such case and am unable to comment.”
Meanwhile, Tourism Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin sounded surprise and gave a similar response, saying that he needed to check with the Health Department before he could comment further.
Minister of Local Government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian could not be reached for comments.
Similarly, State Health Department Director Dr Jamilah Hashim could not be reached despite several attempts to contact her at the state health office.
On Tuesday, a local Chinese daily reported that a woman who had just returned from a trip to Singapore two weeks ago was under suspicion of contracting the Zika virus.
The daily said that she was initially admitted to a private medical centre, and a blood test conducted there allegedly confirmed that the 30-year-old woman, who is also two months pregnant, tested positive for the virus.
The report also stated that the woman was subsequently admitted to the isolation ward at Miri Hospital for monitoring. -BP