KUALA LUMPUR: The government is encouraging medical experts to volunteer in humanitarian projects locally and overseas.
Health Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min said the ministry was in the midst of collecting a database of healthcare professionals to participate in such activities.
“Once the database is completed, we will call out to them anytime when there is a need,” he said at the opening of the 3rd Tzu Chi International Medical Association (Tima) Conference here on Friday.
He said this was to encourage the spirit of unconditional love among healthcare professionals.
“Sharing your expertise in other communities, outside of your usual clinical settings will be an enriching experience,” he added.
The three-day conference, themed “Healthcare Beyond Medicine”, was attended by about 1,000 medical experts from 12 countries including the US, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Britain and Nepal.
It is aimed at inspiring more healthcare workers to deliver humanistic healthcare services to the patients.
Tima is a body under Tzu Chi, a Buddhist charity organisation founded in Taiwan by Master Cheng Yen.
Tima Malaysia was set up in 2001. Today, it has several hundred members who serve as volunteers to provide medical care and support to the needy, especially those from remote areas nationwide.
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