830 more nurses for govt hospitals


THE Ministry of Health (MoH) will place 830 nurses in government hospitals in tackling the spread of Covid-19 in this country, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

He said their appointments on a contract basis are to beef up the manpower capacity at 135 government hospitals across the country in view of the spike in Covid-19 cases since last week.

“They, comprising nurses who have completed their studies at the ministry’s nursing colleges, will serve for two years,” he said at the daily media conference on Covid19 in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Dr Adham said Malaysia had sufficient medical manpower including more than 60,000 doctors in the public and private sectors. “We have enough (professional medical practitioners) in every state at this moment, but what we need now is (more) infectious disease physicians.”

Besides that, he said the ministry had 926 medical ventilators including 152 non-invasive ventilators and 142 transport ventilators.

“The ministry is ordering 800 more ventilators to meet the current need,” he added.

On a related development, Dr Adham said of the attendees at the recent four-day Tabligh Assembly held at Sri Petaling Jamek Mosque, more than 7,000 had came forward for the Covid-19 screening. However, he said, the ministry did not know yet the number of positive cases.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has set up an official Telegram channel for the Sebenarnya.my portal which will focus on curbing the spread of fake news on social media.

MCMC in a statement yesterday said those with concerns about news on certain issues including Covid-19 can verify the information received by joining the channel at https://t.me/sebenarnyamy.

“The news uploaded on the official Sebenarnya.my Telegram channel will be verified by the authorities such as MoH for issues related to Covid-19,” it said.

MCMC will share all relevant news, announcements, reminders and frequently asked questions that have been verified by MoH through its official social media account, as well as via the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre from the https://t.me/cprckkm link. — Bernama