#TTFCovid19: I-Medik president ticks off private doctor who criticised health director-general, says face mask shortage ‘a global problem’

This shortage of face masks, said Azmi, was made worse by what he described to be a “selfish act of a certain country.” Source (pic): South China Morning Post

#تتفچوۏيد19: ڤريسيدن ا-ميديق سكولهكن دوكتور سواستا يڠ كريتيك كتوا ڤڠاره كصيحتن

#TTFCovid19: President of Ikatan Pengamal Perubatan dan Kesihatan Muslim Malaysia (I-Medik) Dr Azmi Md Nor expressed disagreement and regret over a statement made by Dato Dr Musa Nordin, a paediatric specialist at the KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital.

Yesterday, Musa accused health authorities in the country of failing to protect medical frontliners battling Covid-19 following reports that some 30 healthcare workers caught the disease in the line of duty.

But according to Azmi, who cited the case of health services in the United Kingdom, France and Italy, the shortage of PPEs was a global problem, not Malaysia’s alone.

Azmi went on to explain cases in which Malaysian frontliners contracted Covid-19, cautioning everyone against playing the blame game.


SUBANG JAYA: President of Ikatan Pengamal Perubatan dan Kesihatan Muslim Malaysia (I-Medik) Dr Azmi Md Nor expressed disagreement and regret over a statement made by Dato Dr Musa Nordin, a paediatric specialist at the KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital.

Yesterday, Musa accused health authorities in the country of failing to protect medical frontliners battling Covid-19 following reports that some 30 healthcare workers caught the disease in the line of duty.




In making the claim, Musa urged health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and his team to go to the ground and visit affected hospitals, saying medical staff were ill-equipped with the necessary protection including personal protective equipment (PPE).

But according to Azmi, who cited the case of health services in the United Kingdom, France and Italy, the shortage of PPEs was a global problem, not Malaysia’s alone.

“We are well aware of how health services in much developed countries like United Kingdom (UK), France and Italy also suffer PPE shortages resorting in death of their doctors and nurses.

“UK for example reported 8 deaths among their HCW, France 8 and Italy 96. Last month, Spain recorded as many as 14% of their medical professionals were infected with COVID19,” he said.

Azmi added that the shortage was made worse by what he described to be a “selfish act of a certain country.”

“We learned how White House even tried to force 3M company to export masks to the USA from its hub in Singapore, when the PPE was meant to other countries.

“Therefore, for the good KPJ hospital paediatrician to blame (the) (the) DG of MOH and his team for these problems was simply outrageous.

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“In spite of blaming and finger pointing, we (I-Medik) as an NGO are grateful that the Ministry of Health has quickly allowed help offered by us and many others in supplying the PPE to the frontliners.”

Azmi went on to explain cases in which Malaysian frontliners contracted Covid-19, cautioning everyone against playing the blame game.

“We are of the opinion that the MOH has taken great measure and therefore the numbers of our HCW reported to be infected at work stands 20% out of 181.

“None of these staff however worked in ICU or COVID ward but instead, they contracted the viruses whist performing procedures on patients that hid the fact of their travel or contact history.

“The remaining 80% of HCW with positive COVID19  contracted the disease from the community as they attended a wedding. 2 deaths involving HCW were not work related but were with past history of travelling to Indonesia and Turkey.

“We are facing a pandemic of unprecedented scale and therefore the way forward is for everyone to have empathy and avoid demoralising the frontliners by rolling the blaming game.”

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