PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Health Ministry has obtained approval from the Finance Ministry to recruit 8,302 contract healthcare workers to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the contract workers hired as of April included 82 science officers; 4,472 nurses; 2,249 assistant medical officers; 666 medical laboratory technologists; 340 assistant environmental officers; and 293 diagnostic X-Ray technicians.
“The recruitment includes Finance Ministry approval to extend the services of 200 counsellors, who provide counselling services and mental health support to clients at health clinics nationwide, ” he said in a statement on Tuesday (May 4).
He added that the government had also agreed to approve another one-year contract extension for 3,622 medical and dental officers as well as pharmacists, with an emolument cost of RM289.69mil.
“Contract renewal notices will be sent to the officers involved before the existing contract ends, ” he said.
Dr Adham said his ministry had also appointed 3,042 MySTEP personnel to assist in non-clinical tasks at its health facilities and institutions.
Based on the current situation of COVID-19 infection in several states, the ministry has also implemented internal mobilisation of healthcare workers, involving various service schemes such as clinical physicians, public health physicians, medical officers, science officers, assistant medical officers and nurses.
He said 648 healthcare workers were deployed in Sarawak, while a further 366 were sent to Kelantan from April 26.
“Initiatives like this will continue from time to time based on critical needs in certain states, while ensuring that existing needs in other states are not affected, ” he said.
He expressed his appreciation to the Public Service Department; Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry; National Disaster Management Agency; ministries and agencies; as well as state government administrations; that mobilised their personnel to help the ministry with human resource placements in the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), Covid-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centre and Covid-19 Assessment Centres and vaccination centres (PPV) nationwide.
A total of 306 members of the implementing group, including assistant administrative officers, administrative assistants (clerical/operations), administrative assistants (finance), customer service officers and drivers, were mobilised to assist state health departments and district health offices.
“The ministry hopes that the implementation of this initiative can further increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the government’s efforts to address the pandemic in the country, ” Dr Adham said.