Health DG’s call for volunteers receives positive feedback


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 17 Oct 2020

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are answering the call by Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah to step up to help frontliners battle the third wave of Covid-19.

The Health director-general’s call over Facebook has so far generated 1,000 comments and 6,100 shares.

The same post was tweeted and garnered almost 3,000 retweets yesterday.

Besides the positive feedback, many asked how they could become frontliners or assist those who were exhausted.

Those responding included those with no related experience.

School-leaver Ajira Hakim said he wanted to help medical frontliners.

“I am 18 years old, can I volunteer too as I am aware that MOH needs more manpower to handle the pandemic. If it’s possible, I am willing to offer my help to take care of Malaysians’ well-being,” he said on Facebook.

Teacher Hanzalah Zullkeflee noted he had more time since his school was closed and teaching was through online distance learning.

“I hope that I can serve and help,” he said.

Another user, Sitiameh Ruman, also gave a thumbs up to all those volunteering and said they were welcome to come to Sabah which had rising numbers of Covid-19 cases.

Nadraja Gopala Krishnan noted he did not have the relevant background but still wanted to do what he could.

“Tan Sri, I am not from a science or medic background is there any chance (for me) to be a part of volunteering? Maybe I can help with manpower,” he said.

Others suggested the ministry recruit nursing students who could use the experience as part of their training.

Po Din, another user, noted at least these students would benefit from the hands-on experience.

A Twitter user, who claimed to be a former nurse, said she would gladly take up contract positions.

However, some people said the government should step in to create more paid job opportunities instead of asking for volunteers.

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