Proposed Amendments To Act 342 For Better Future Pandemics Control, Says Health DG

Proposed Amendments To Act 342 For Better Future Pandemics Control Says Health DG

According to Health DG, proposed revisions to Act 342 would better control future pandemics.


Proposed Amendments To Act 342 For Better Future Pandemics Control Says Health DG

According to Health DG, proposed revisions to Act 342 would better control future pandemics.

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has said that the proposed amendments to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342) focus on improving the management and control of future pandemic outbreaks in line with technological advances.

According to the Director-General of Health, they comprise five new provisions and five amendments to Act 342.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, the new regulation is Section 14A, which deals with the isolation of infected people or those suspected of being infected at quarantine centres or being put under home quarantine.

Section 15A authorises electronic monitoring devices to follow the movements of infected or suspected infected people who are quarantined.

Source - The Conversation

The new Section 22A, which permits an organisation or entity to be penalised for violating rules, is also important.

Also, Section 21Band 21C are new measures that allow authorised personnel to enforce rules, including investigations.

Among the key changes to Act 342 is Section 10, which requires medical professionals to report suspected infections at any location, even if laboratory testing is not available to confirm the disease.

Section 25 amendments will permit authorised local council officials or representatives from other statutory authorities to issue compounds for violations.

Section 24 amendments establish the penalties imposed on people or organisations.

The punishments are intended to serve as a deterrent to others from committing the offence.

However, the proposed law retains judicial discretion over the severity of penalties imposed on violators.

On Tuesday (Dec 14), Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali introduced a bill amending Act 342 for the first reading in the Dewan Rakyat, allowing individual offenders to be penalised to RM10,000 instead of the existing RM1,000.

The blue bill also recommended that irresponsible firms be compounded up to RM1 million under Section 25 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Bill 2021.

Source – THE STAR

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