Doctors express support for state of Emergency, MCO

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has expressed support for the proclamation of a state of Emergency and the reimposition of the movement control order (MCO) as well as for the public to give their full support to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Its president Prof Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy (pic) thanked Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for the proclamation and said they would assist the government in managing the situation.

“We urge the public to give their full support by fully adhering to the MCO SOPs that will be announced Tuesday (Jan 12) evening. A second MCO is indeed necessary as cases of Covid-19 have been consistently on the rise.

“There is also spread in the community and the infection rate has not come down from the current R0 of between 1.1 to 1.2. There is also concern over the B117 Covid 1.9 strain known as the UK strain that has been detected in the country, ” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

He said that all public hospitals in the country are overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases and healthcare workers are under intense pressure.

“Urgent steps to address manpower issues in our public healthcare system must be taken to ensure the standard of care is maintained, ” said Dr Subramaniam.

He also urged the Health Ministry to work with private healthcare as the increasing patient load of Covid-19 cases at government hospitals could affect the system and management of non-Covid-19 patients.

He said outsourcing healthcare services such as non-communicable disease management to general practitioners and cancer treatment to private hospitals would allow public hospitals to focus its resources on managing Covid-19.

Dr Subramaniam also reminded the public of the importance of preventive measures against the disease, saying that full compliance to SOPs could break the chain of infections and flatten the curve.

“If we are committed to this, the country will recover from the pandemic sooner rather than later. To defeat Covid-19 and bring the pandemic to an end requires the cooperation and effort of all.

“The whole country could pay a heavy price if just one person lets their guard down. The fight against Covid-19 is a collective responsibility. Going forward, MMA hopes the government will adopt a whole of society and whole of nation approach in managing the pandemic, ” he said.

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