MHC wants more details on National Recovery Plan

by TMR

The Malaysian Health Coalition (MHC) wants the government to provide more details on the recently announced National Recovery Plan.

MHC said more detail and more KPIs for a complex pandemic should be announced in details, as three criteria of case numbers, ICU bed utilisation and vaccination rates are not adequate to capture the complexity of Covid-19

“These criteria are “blunt instruments” that are highly-dependent on other variables, like testing numbers and vaccine supply. A complex pandemic situation requires sufficient, balanced and nuanced KPIs to accurately measure our progress and performance,” MHC said in a statement today.

These KPIs, it said, must be independent and scientific, and their methods should be constant and comparable across time.

Additional KPIs to guide the Recovery Plan could include dis-aggregated data by state/district for more targeted decisions; weightages for vulnerable populations; and diverse metrics to provide granularity for decision making.

Secondly, MHC highlighted that nationwide decisions should not be influenced by lobbying, double standards in enforcement or sudden policy U-turns.

“Government decisions should be predictable to improve public and economic confidence. Therefore, decisions should be truly data-driven. While we note that the government will move from one phase to another depending on the statistics, we believe that a scheduled decision-making timetable is helpful,” the coalition said.

“We strongly suggest changing the currently confusing xMCO (or PKPx) system to a clear-cut system that is more easily understood,” MHC added citing the “traffic light systems” used in the European Union, Peru or Singapore as an example.

Finally, MHC also urged the government to improve data sharing and transparency to enable effective management of the dynamic pandemic situation.

The large amount of data generated daily must be shared in an easy-to-view manner via a public dashboard online.
Adequate data-sharing across states and districts enable local authorities to tailor pandemic control strategies.

“With states now allowed to procure vaccines, data-sharing and integration in the National Immunisation Programme can lead to stronger and fairer outcomes.

“We look forward to exit the pandemic in a highly coordinated manner. Therefore, setting the right KPIs,
ensuring truly data-driven decisions, and sharing data are crucial for success,” it said.