Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation isn’t looking really good.
Within the span of a few weeks, the entire country went into lockdown. And just recently, the lockdown was extended by another two weeks.
Which left a lot of Malaysians working in Singapore in the lurch.
But it couldn’t be helped because, despite the lockdown, the number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia soared to 2,031, currently the highest in Southeast Asia.
And among the groups of people in Malaysia, the healthcare workers were hit the hardest.
Not only are they putting their lives on the line every day, but they also have to face lying patients
And selfish Malaysians who steal precious medical supplies.
But guess what?
Finally, there’s some good news for these embattled healthcare staff.
3,000 Retired Nurses Coming Back To Work
On 25 Mar, it was reported that around 3,000 retired nurses have registered with Malaysia’s Ministry of Health to come back to the frontlines and fight against Covid-19.
The ministry is trying to identify the nurses’ specialities so as to deploy them effectively across the country.
“Maybe some have a speciality in the [Intensive Care Unit], some the operation theatre; we will use their expertise to decide where to place them, either in a clinic or hospitals belonging to the Health Ministry.”
This way, they can best utilise the abilities of each nurse depending on what their specialities are.
M’sia Needs More Manpower
According to Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, some healthcare staff has been toiling “non-stop” for the past three months.
He added that they have around 2,400 nurses who are undergoing their post-basic (a degree programme in nursing). These nurses will be deployed to help clinics and hospitals.
Also, they are looking to add another 2,000 healthcare workers to their ranks.
Healthcare Workers: The Heroes We Need
In the past, when people ask you what do you want to be when you grow up, they’ll typically say Police or a fireman!
Now, I’m pretty sure more will want to be nurses or doctors in the future.
The Covid-19 might have brought out the worst in humanity
But you have to admit that it has brought out our best as well.
So good luck and a huge thank you to all medical personnel around the world.
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