PUTRAJAYA: Frontliners at the Putrajaya Hospital were given a surprise when Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah dropped by to wish them “Selamat Hari Raya Aidifitri” on Sunday (May 24).
"I am so excited as we only get to see Dr Noor Hisham on television during his daily briefings.
"He is now here with us in real life and I managed to take a selfie with him," assistant medical officer Efi Cassey Kristus said when met here.
Kristus, 27, from Telipok, Sabah, said she did not mind working during the festive holidays while facing Covid-19 challenges.
"We are the first ones facing members of the public when they are brought in for screening and swab tests here to determine if they are infected," she added.
Sister Siti Rashikin Mat Zulki, 42, from Pendang, Kedah, said she was overwhelmed by Dr Noor Hisham's visit.
"We are all touched and surprised that he took the time to come and wish us personally," she said.
She said she that she misses celebrating Hari Raya with her loved ones in Kedah but did not mind working.
"We are always ready to serve even if it means being unable to travel home for the festivities," she added.
Dr Noor Hashim took the opportunity to extend his appreciation to all frontline medical personnel for their sacrifices.
"Medical personnel are working on rotation and we have sufficient personnel at hospitals while our emergency rooms are operational 24 hours a day," he said.
He urged those celebrating Hari Raya to adhere to the conditional movement order (MCO) and the ministry's safety guidelines.
Earlier, he visited staff and doctors manning the hospital's main lobby, emergency ward and Covid-19 screening area.
He also handed out 400 Hari Raya food packets to the frontliners and spent several minutes taking selfies with them while maintaining social distancing.
He later visited several other health facilities in Putrajaya.
Also accompanying Dr Noor Hisham were deputy director-general (medical) Datuk Dr Rohaizat Yon and Putrajaya Hospital director Datuk Dr Nora'i Mohd Said.