From today (Feb 18), about 900 general practitioner clinics have been progressively reactivated as Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) to better detect and manage Covid-19 virus, and thus, reduce the rate of transmission. Polyclinics have also been activated for the same purpose.

According to the Ministry of Health, these clinics have been taught the importance of infection control, are familiar with appropriate care protocols, and will be supplied with necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to deal with cases. PHPCs were last in place to deal with the haze and, in 2009, the H1N1 pandemic.

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