Move to boost bumiputra family medicine specialists

KUALA LUMPUR: Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (Yayasan Peneraju) and the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia (AFPM) have signed a memorandum of understanding to groom more bumiputra family medicine specialists.

Under the three-year partnership, both parties have agreed to enable permanent or contractual bumiputra general practitioners or medical officers to enrol in AFPM’s Advanced Training in Family Medicine programme with partial funding by the foundation.

Yayasan Peneraju chief executive officer Dr Mohd Muzzammil Ismail said with the rapid population growth and increasing occurrence of diseases, they believed there was a growing need for quality healthcare delivery and thus such collaboration would help to accelerate the improvement of healthcare access in the country.

“We hope this collaborative effort will go a long way to increase the number of family medicine specialists, further strengthening the Health Ministry’s strategic plan (2016-2020),” he said yesterday, Bernama reported.

Meanwhile, AFPM president Datuk Dr Lee Cheng Yew extended his thanks to Yayasan Peneraju for making the collaboration happen.

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