Retired doctors to be roped in if virus situation worsens


  • Nation
  • Friday, 20 Mar 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The government is prepared to rope in retired armed forces doctors and medical officers should there be a drastic spike in Covid-19 cases.

Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said such a decision would be made if the situation was pressing.

“If there is a drastic rise in the number of cases, like in certain other countries, we have no excuse not to rope them (retired health professionals) in to help us, ” he said on RTM’s Bicara Naratif programme last night.

As of now, he said, Malaysia has enough doctors to deal with the coronavirus situation.

The ministry has stationed 1,000 trainee doctors at 44 hospitals nationwide to lighten doctors’ load, he added.

Also, the ministry has added 830 nurses on contract to increase the workforce capacity at 135 government hospitals in response to the increase in Covid-19 cases over the past week.

Dr Adham said he was hopeful that Malaysia could be among the nations to develop a vaccine for the virus.

On the programme, he demonstrated the correct way of using hand sanitiser and called on the public to abide by the two-week movement-control order that took effect on Wednesday.

During the Ekslusif Menteri Kesihatan segment on TV1’s Berita Perdana earlier, Dr Adham said there were signs that the number of infections is stabilising in Malaysia.

“The signs of a plateau are there... although there has been an increase, there is not much difference (in the number of cases over the last few days). (The curve) is starting to flatten, and we do not want to see any more increase in cases.” – Bernama

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