The Borneo Post (Sabah)

More than 400 health workers to be sent to Sarawak


PUTRAJAYA: A total of 430 Health Ministry (MOH) personnel will be sent to Sarawak this Wednesday (April 21) to assist in efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the state, said its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

He said the decision to increase the number of health personnel in Sarawak followed his visit to the last Monday and Tuesday, during which he also visited the Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre at Stadium Perpaduan in Kuching.

“Based on the situation there and findings from the visit, we found that there is an urgent need to increase the number of health workers in Sarawak, which will be carried out in stages,” he told a press conference after launching the book ‘Malaysia Health Sector Response to Covid-19:

Perspectiv­es From The Field’ at his ministry, here on Thursday.

Yesterday, Sarawak recorded 489 new Covid-19 cases, with the Tembok Sri Aman and Jalan Puncak Borneo clusters being the main source of the positive cases.

Dr Adham said Sarawak needed about 1,436 health workers, including medical officers, assistant medical officers, microbiolo­gical science officers, nurses and drivers.

“The health workers who will be sent (to Sarawak) are those who have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine,” he added.

According to Dr Adham, almost 600,000 frontline workers have received the first dose of Covid19 vaccine and almost 470,000 of them have completed both doses.–

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