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Prevention Are Better Than Cure


Novel Coronavirus n(CoV) disease has become outbreak in all over the world since late December 2019, where hundreds died in China and thousands more were infected. Reading the news and watching viral videos on our social media has given an unimaginable situation on what’s happening in a country with a dense population. The medical staff and researchers are currently working hard to find the best cure for the disease.

Malaysia received millions of tourist and foreign nationalities in the country and currently taking preventive measures in the spreading of n(CoV) seriously. According to News Straits Time, 1 February 2020; Malaysia will take the lead from the World Health Organisation (WHO) now that the body has declared the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) a global emergency, even as the number and speed of infections far surpasses the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic of 2003. The declaration allows countries to follow the WHO's leadership in taking certain measures especially on interaction with affected countries.

At UPM the month of January is where the new international students begin to arrive in UPM and register. UPM received a high number of international student’s yearly and were among the highest in Malaysia and this time a special arrangement has been made by the university in ensuring all students and staffs are all well.

 Image: Health screening at University Health Centre were undertaken in the first step of registration procedure.


The student’s registration has begun since 27th January 2020, receiving approximately about 536 full-time students and 150 mobility students coming from Middle East, Europe and Asia. UPM committed in the prevention measures and has employ standard infection prevention and control measures to avoid contracting the disease.

Image: i-PUTRA officers during registration week were located inside the University Health Centre indoor lobby.


Typically during the registration procedure, students will directly go to Putra International Centre (i-PUTRA) to verify their passport however following to prevention measures; students are required to undergo health screening first at University Health Centre. Once students are clear from any symptoms and had normal body temperature, they then proceed to visa verification.

Image: UPM Guest House staffs regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles


i-PUTRA office, we have also taken preventive measure by ensuring all of our front liners to wear a face mask, hand glove and to regularly sanitize their hands when dealing with students. Not only that we also provide hand sanitizers to students who come to all of our counter and regular cleaning schedule are also taken place in the office also to our guests at Guest House. Currently, we have 59 guests staying at our residence and mainly are mobility students and our team regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles. Through this action of prevention, we hope to be able to provide a clean and safe environment to all our students and stakeholders.

Prepared by Nadia Zawani Hussin


Date of Input: 07/02/2020 | Updated: 06/07/2020 | sitiafiqah


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