Health Ministry wants to hire more medical officers

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has requested the appointment of an additional 1,899 contract medical officers in a bid to support the public healthcare system during the Covid-19 pandemic, says its minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pic).

He said additional medical officers were needed following the latest developments across the country, especially in Kedah, Sabah and Selangor.

“The ministry had submitted a request to the Public Services Commission and the Finance Ministry, to appoint 1,899 medical officers via contract, for the purpose of supporting the healthcare services during the Covid-19 pandemic period, ” he said.

The Health Ministry had earlier beefed up efforts to manage the escalating cases including enhancing its service capacity to ensure the handling of Covid-19 cases was at an optimal level as well as to prepare for the spike in cases.

The ministry had taken several measures including to mobilise medical personnel from certain states and health facilities to back up states and facilities that needed medical health resources, he said.

“Due to the sudden increase of cases, some of the zones which were earlier categorised green are now yellow and red zones, ” he said.

Dr Adham said that among the additional support staff requested were research officers, nurses and laboratory technicians.

He said the request was submitted on Oct 9 in line with approval from the Federal Government for the Health Ministry to consider increasing the number of medical officers appointed via contract which was agreed under the Prihatin Economic Stimulus Package previously.

Aside from being deployed to health facilities he added that the appointed contract medical officers will also be sent to quarantine centres across the country.

“The officers will also be deployed at the country’s entry points such as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to manage arrivals more smoothly and efficiently, ” he said.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said frontliners in Sabah were facing a critical moment in the battle against Covid-19 and various strategies would be used to break the chain of infection there.

“Our strategy is based on community surveillance, contact tracing to find, test, isolate and treat all infected persons, and breaking the chain of infection further by tightening the state and district borders, ” he said on Twitter separately.

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