PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has been endorsed as a potential Western Pacific Region (WPRO)'s representative at the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s Executive Board (EB) for the 2021-2024 term, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic).
The Health director-general said that it would be an honour for Malaysia to serve as a member and to be able to leverage on this opportunity to promote safe and affordable surgery in the region apart from other global health agendas.
Dr Noor Hisham, who is the International Society of Surgery (ISS) Global Surgery Subcommittee chair, said this after attending the virtual International Society of Surgery (ISS) Council Member meeting.
"I presented my report on the latest updates in our efforts towards achieving safe and affordable surgery," he said in a Facebook post on Sunday (Oct 18).
Dr Noor Hisham said he shared about the implementation of the Global Surgery Ecosystem Framework to increase timely access to safe and affordable surgery in which six states, involving 16 district non-specialist Health Ministry hospitals, have been recruited since the project was launched in September 2019.
"As of October, a total of 487 surgical cases have been performed by trained medical officers and assisted by trained nurses or assistant medical officers. Supervision and training are provided by specialists from identified lead hospitals," he said.
Dr Noor Hisham also posted about the Action Framework for Safe and Affordable Surgery in the Western Pacific Region (2021-2030) which was unanimously endorsed by member states during the 71st Virtual WHO Western Pacific Regional Committee Meeting on Oct 7.
He said the endorsed resolution urges member states to use the framework as a guide to develop or strengthen health systems to improve access to safe and affordable surgical care.
He added that he also spoke about Tuanku Muhriz Travelling Fellowship (Rural Surgery), adding that this fellowship is offered to members and fellow surgeons who are based or trained in the United Kingdom to travel to Malaysia to either train in or experience remote and rural clinical practice.
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