RECOLLECTION OF NIPAH VIRUS ENCEPHALITIS OUTBREAK: 20 YEARS AFTER
The University of Malaya (UM), through Tropical Infectious Diseases Research & Education Centre (TIDREC) and the University of Malaya Art Gallery hosted a memorial exhibition of the 1999 Nipah virus encephalitis outbreak in conjunction with the 20th year of the discovery of the virus. The exhibition is held from 5 March 2019 until 30 April 2019 at the UM Art Gallery, Chancellery Building.
TIDREC UM together with the New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad and the Sg Nipah Time Tunnel Museum exhibit media materials consisting of photographs, video clips and newspaper cuttings which had been recorded and published during the time of the outbreak. Some of the exhibited items will also be from the private collection of the notable scientists involved in the outbreak and from the victims’ family members. Selections of private collections of notable scientists who were involved in the outbreak as well as those from the family members of victims are also on display at the exhibition.
The official launching of the exhibition was officiated by YABhg. Toh Puan Dato' Seri Hajjah Dr. Aishah Ong, UM Pro-Chancellor on 9 March 2019. Also present were Professor Dr. Noorsaadah Abdul Rahman, UM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Dato' Professor Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Professor Dr. Sazaly Abu Bakar, Director of TIDREC, Professor Dr. Yvonne Lim Ai Lian, Director of International Relations Office (IRO), Dato. Dr. Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizam, General Director of Department of Veterinary Service, Dr. Balvinder Singh Gill, Centre Head of Medical Research Resource Centre (MRRC), Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Madam Jeannie Leong Lee Eu, General Manager of Strategic Commercial Communication, New Straits Times Press, Dato’ Seri Dr. King Lim Chin Fui, Founder of Sg Nipah Time Tunnel Museum and also Mr. Pau Jeou Ching, Manager of Sg. Nipah Time Tunnel Museum.