Covid-19: 830 more nurses for govt hospitals, says Health Minister


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  • Monday, 16 Mar 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Health Ministry (MOH) will place 830 nurses in government hospitals in tackling the spread of Covid-19 in the country, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pic).

He said their appointments on a contract basis would beef up the manpower capacity at 135 government hospitals across the country in view of the spike in Covid-19 cases since last week.

"They comprise nurses who have completed their studies at the ministry’s nursing colleges and will serve for two years," he said at the daily media conference on Covid-19, here, Monday (March 16).

Dr Adham said Malaysia had sufficient medical manpower including more than 60,000 doctors in the public and private sectors.

"We have enough (professional medical practitioners) in every state at this moment but what we need now is (more) infectious disease physicians," he added.

On a related development, Dr Adham said of the attendees at the recent four-day Tabligh assembly held at Sri Petaling Jamek Mosque, more than 7,000 had come forward for Covid-19 screening.

However, he said, the MOH did not know yet the number of positive cases. - Bernama

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