DG Health: Surgical services in primary health care establishments must be expanded


KOTA KINABALU: Surgical services in primary health care facilities need to be expanded and strengthened, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The chief health officer said surgical services in primary healthcare facilities were weak nationwide and the need for increased surgical care was due to overreliance and congestion in hospitals .

“There are clinics that do biopsies (removal of cell or tissue samples for clinical testing), minor surgeries for lumps and bumps among other minor procedures, but not many,” he said. -he declares.

Dr Noor Hisham said this during a press conference after the launch of the 24th Scientific Conference on Family Medicine at the Sabah International Convention Center here on Thursday (September 22).

He said that by strengthening surgical health care in these facilities, services can be better and widely delivered in the community and help decongest hospitals.

He also said that there are approximately 8,000 capacities available for Family Medicine Specialists (FMS), but so far there are only more than a thousand in the field serving the population. .

“We have so far several hundred FMS in training in the country, but it is far from enough as we hope to place at least one or two FMS staff for each clinic in the country,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.

He said the government and the Ministry of Health could consider working with colleges outside the country to make up for the lack of manpower in this area, among others.

Earlier in his keynote address, he said FMS staff had played a vital role in establishing primary care as an indispensable pillar of the Malaysian healthcare system.

Dr. Noor Hisham said they provide effective and exceptional care at the community level by providing holistic, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care.

He said if the nation and the health system have learned one thing from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is that everyone has come together to work as one, adding that preventive measures work wonders in times of crisis and disaster.

He attributed the country’s success in controlling the spread of Covid-19 after its outbreak in 2020, to the extraordinary work of primary healthcare workers and all frontliners.

To this end, he reiterated calls on the government to allocate more funds for health care in the country.

He said it was an investment for the general welfare of the country.

On whether the health system is ready for the next general election, he said it was something the Ministry of Health could only decide after the date was announced.

“For other crisis and disaster management, we are still on standby. More so after the pandemic hit, it made us aware and really apply the preparedness,” he said.


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