Malaysia’s strong healthcare system gets WHO recognition

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

By Adrian Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5: Malaysia has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a country that has a strong healthcare system providing Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a social media posting today said in news highlighted by the WHO, Malaysia was recognised as a country which has a strong healthcare system.

“Malaysia’s healthcare system has strong fundamentals in fighting this Covid-19 pandemic through previous infectious disease experiences.

“The Ministry of Health appreciates the recognition of WHO and is committed to strengthen the country’s healthcare system for the people’s welfare and the progress of the country.

“Unity brings success,” he said in his Facebook posting.

Dr Noor Hisham said the WHO in a press conference yesterday stressed that vaccines are the most effective drug in containing infectious disease such as smallpox, polio and so forth.

Nonetheless, he added the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine were the most important factors in the consideration for the usage of the vaccine for treating Covid-19.

Dr Noor Hisham stressed that the usage of vaccine in particular for treating Covid-19 cannot be taken lightly and as such the clinical trials need to undergo a few tests and stages.

He revealed that until today, there is no vaccine for Covid-19 which has been certified by the WHO that is effective and safe to be used.

Nonetheless, he said the WHO provided a few preventive measures for Covid-19 which can be practiced by each individual to prevent the Covid-19 infection.

Dr Noor Hisham said the preventive measures were in line with the advice which has been given by the Ministry of Health Malaysia to the public. —DayakDaily