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RM600 mln for MOH to tackle Covid-19

0 month ago, 23-Mar-2020

The government will channel additional allocations totalling RM600 million to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to support the ministrys efforts to tackle Covid-19, including the recruitment of new staff on a contract basis, especially nurses. – Bernama file photo

PUTRAJAYA: The government will channel additional allocations totalling RM600 million to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to support the ministrys efforts to tackle Covid-19, including the recruitment of new staff on a contract basis, especially nurses.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said of the total, RM500 million will be used to purchase medical equipment, such as ventilators, essential intensive care unit (ICU) equipment, extra personal protection equipment (PPE) for general medical staff and laboratory equipment for screening of Covid-19.

The government has also approved an emergency procurement procedure to expedite the purchase of this critical equipment, he told a press conference here today, which was broadcast live on national televisions and radios, as well as social media.

Muhyiddin said the remainingRM100 million is for the MOH to appoint 2,000 new staff on a contract basis, especially nurses.

Many nurses and hospital staff are already exhausted as they have to work day and night to carry out COVID-19 tests and screening, and at the same time helping those who were tested positive.

I hope the recruitment of thesenew staff can be done immediately so that all hospitals in the country will have the adequate number of manpower to curb the spread of COVID-19, he said.

The COVID-19 pandemic originated inChina in late December last year before it spreadto the whole world and Malaysia reported its first case on Jan 25 this year.

As of noon today, Malaysia reported over 1,300 positive COVID-19 cases, with 11 deaths due to the disease. – Bernama

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