The welfare of all doctors will be cared for, says the Health Ministry.
“The Doctor’s Day celebration is to appreciate all the doctors in Malaysia who have made Malaysian lives better and treated us, ” said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba in conjunction with Doctor's Day on Saturday (Oct 10).
He added that his Ministry was grateful to all frontliners for their tireless dedication in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
In officiating the virtual celebration via Zoom and Facebook livestream, Adham said doctors had been working for the betterment of their patients.
“Thank you, doctors. You’ve made Malaysia a better place. Together we can make a difference and make Malaysia safe, ” he said.
The virtual event was hosted by the Malaysian Medical Association along with its Section Concerning House Officers and Medical Officers (Schomos) and its Private Practitioners Section (PPS).
Also conveying his appreciation to frontliners during the event was Deputy director-general (medical) Datuk Dr Rohaizat Yon, who said there would be sufficient resources to meet the rising number of cases and the increased demand for Covid-19 tests.
“We realise frontliners and backliners have a tough job, and it is not easy wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) for hours.
“We will ensure that there is sufficient human resources and sufficient equipment needed as the screening of the disease will definitely increase, ” he said.
Dr Rohaizat said doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel had been deployed to help ease the burden of the already overstretched frontliners and backliners.
“Personal protective equipment (PPE) and Covid-19 test kits are distributed to the places which need them most. We will not let our beloved staff face the challenge without adequate protection, ” he said.
Dr Rohaizat said the rise in Covid-19 cases was due to the failure to comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and urged everyone to step up their precautions against the new surge of the pandemic, which is especially dire in Sabah, Kedah and Selangor.
“The targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) or conditional MCO has been implemented at red zones to reduce the spread of the virus. Individuals who are returning from high-risk areas have to be screened and quarantined as per protocol, ” he said.
He said the enforcement of the SOP would be strengthened and he reminded every individual to do their part.
“Enforcement of this (SOP) will be carried out rigidly. Its importance will be repeated at all times. Until a definite vaccine for Covid-19 emerge, we have to continue to adhere to the guideline and take several precautions.
“Let’s work together to flatten the curve again, ” he urged. - The Star