2022-2023 EVENTS

2022 Events

28 Aug - 01 Sep 2022
The International Surgical Week (ISW)
Kuala Lumpur

31 Aug – 2 Sept 2022
Medical Fair Asia
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

3-9 September
Medical Fair Asia
Digital, Online

9-10 September 2022
World Pediatrics Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

9-10 September 2022
World Heart and Cardiothoracic Surgery Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

19-21 September 2022
23rd SE-Asian Healthcare & Pharma Show
Kuala Lumpur

27-29 September 2022
Smart Healthcare Expo (Health Malaysia)

27-29 September 2022
Asia Pandemic Congress
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

19-20 September 2022
23nd Global Nursing Education Conference
Brisbane, Australia

30 Sep - 2 Oct 2022
Malaysia International Dental Show (MIDS)
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Subang Jaya, Malaysia

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International MedLab Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International Pharma Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

11-13 November 2022
Eldercare Exhibition and Conference Asia (ELDEX Asia 2022)
Suntex Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre

14-15 November 2022
Healthcare Asia Pacific
Osaka, Japan

2023 Events

30 May – 1 June 2023
KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

13-15 September 2023
Medical Fair Thailand
BITEC, Bangkok

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The Association of Private Hospitals today called on the new minister of health to bring in trained foreign nurses to address the severe nursing shortage in private hospitals, which it said is causing delays in patient admittance.

Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh, group president, said the shortage is unprecedented and that the problem could increase pressure on the already overcrowded public hospitals as more patients are forced to seek treatment at government facilities.-

“We hope there are immediate steps taken by the Ministry of Health under the new leadership on human resources in healthcare throughout the country, particularly the acute nursing shortage at private hospitals,” Dr Kuljit said.

“We urge the government to facilitate training more nurses and make the processes to be trained in post-speciality basic seamless with better incentives for local nursing schools. In the meantime there should be an immediate effort to have foreign nurses brought into Malaysia regardless if they are post basic specialised training.

“This will immediately assist both private and public healthcare to cope with the current challenges we are all facing,” he added.

The group is also urging the new government to “outsource” the screening of diseases, particularly non-communicable diseases, to private hospitals.

“The strength of private hospitals in assisting the government in managing patients who are awaiting treatment beyond a reasonable time through the public private partnership should be strengthened and continued as it was successfully conducted during the peak of the pandemic.

Malaysia has one of the cheapest public healthcare systems in the world. Because of the highly subsidised healthcare, patients often prefer to do screening at public hospitals because the cost of screening at private hospitals can be beyond what most people can afford.

Despite a litany of complaints about expensive charges, private hospitals have never indicated an intention to lower their service fees.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim appointed a fresh face — Dr Zaliha Mustafa — to head the Health Ministry, one of the most important portfolios under the leadership of a so-called “unity government”.

Upon her appointment, Dr Zaliha told several news outlets she wants to get straight to work.

The Sekijang MP said her focus would be on improving infrastructure, medical supplies and the longstanding problem around contract doctors.