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Covid-19: About one million shots administered by private sector so far: STAR ON LINE 22 June 2021

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https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/06/22/covid-19-about-one-million-shots-administered-by-private-sector-so-far

PETALING JAYA: About one million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered by the private healthcare sector, says the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia.

Its president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh (pic) said that this information came from ProtectHealth, adding that about 100 private hospitals and 700 general practitioners are involved in the vaccination programme.

ProtectHealth is the Health Ministry-appointed implementer of private medical practitioner participation in the national immunisation programme.

“Most private hospitals have their own vaccination centres operated by their own nurses, doctors and administrative staff.

“Private hospitals have also deployed hundreds of staff members to various mega vaccination centres in Setia Alam, KLCC Convention Centre and Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec).

“We are looking forward to assisting the government similarly in other states to enhance the vaccination process,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (June 22).

He added that this was one way for private hospitals to contribute to the mass vaccination programme, given that private hospitals were not able to procure their own vaccines for direct sale to the public.

He said the country was still facing low vaccine supplies, citing an article in The Lancet medical journal which claimed that the Covax facility had failed to ensure equitable vaccine distribution – leading to many countries in the world receiving only small numbers of the vaccines through the platform.

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Breakfast with General Practitioners

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19th February 2017: It was nice having breakfast with my GP friends and catching up on various other issues involving our daily work. I strongly believe the bonding between all levels of medicine must be strong and it will always benefit our patients. Our breakfast meet was fruitful and I am looking forward for more fellowships in the future for us to understand each other better. We all sat together and shared our experiences on our roles in clinical medicine. Thank you to those who organised this meet at my hospital. We had a few specialist who also joined us for breakfast.

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Tourists from China have returned to Malaysia. Now what?

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Tourism has always played a big part in Malaysia's economy. (Photo: Getty Images)

For Dr Kuljit Singh, head of the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM), there should really be no reason to worry about the influx of Chinese tourists, even considering the expected spike in tourist arrivals over the Chinese New Year period.

In fact, he notes that Malaysia is in a good position to face another COVID-19 wave, following the experiences of 2020 and 2021, which saw the public and private healthcare sectors and even the Malaysian military combining effectively to handle the pandemic.

Commenting on the immigration and health measures to screen inbound travellers, he remarks further that these are welcome.

Nevertheless, there are many other possible ways for COVID-19 variants to reach the country besides via immigration entry and exit points.

“(The measures) are good to some extent but they will never be a 100 per cent way of preventing the virus from entering into the country,” Dr Kuljit said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

For Full Article Read: https://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/tourists-from-china-returned-now-what-041830037.html

Groups: GPs can help ease emergency dept case load

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Kuala Lumpur General Hospital (HKL) —AZMAN GHANI/The Star

However, Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia President Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said private hospitals have limited capacity to help at this stage due to a lack of beds for paying patients and insurance policy holders.

“The issues of manpower shortage still exist, particularly in nursing; hence, we are not able to assist further.

“We have a long wait time at our own private hospital emergency rooms.

“The request to have foreign nurses help us in private hospitals is still being discussed, and we hope there will be a decision soon,” said Dr Kuljit

Read the full article @ thestar.com.my

Future of the Healthcare in Malaysia

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At the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Forum 2022,  on 27 July 2022 at Sofitel Damansara. discussion on how the future of Healthcare in Malaysia should be.

Looking at newer technologies for healthcare.

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I met up with the deputy High commissioner of the UK and a team of laparoscopy surgeons at the Grand Hyatt KL to discuss about robotics surgery.

Malaysia’s Nikkei recovery index ranking due to strong public-private teamwork: NST 10 January 2022

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https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2022/01/761884/malaysias-nikkei-recovery-index-ranking-due-strong-public-private

Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said Malaysia’s success in the fight against Covid-19 was due to the involvement and quick collaboration between public, private and armed forces military healthcare.

“The well-organised vaccination process helped our country. The number of anti-vaccination groups in the country is not as high as other countries and we also managed to convert some of them and got them vaccinated,” he said when contacted by Bernama, today.

Besides that, Dr Kuljit noted that the robust MySejahtera app also contributed significantly in the country’s success against the pandemic.

Private Hospitals assisting govt in giving booster shots: FMT 18 December 2021

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https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/12/17/private-hospitals-assisting-govt-in-giving-booster-shots/

APHM: Private sector should emulate PSD, impose mandatory vaccination: NST 1st October 2021

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https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/10/732670/aphm-private-sector-should-emulate-psd-impose-mandatory-vaccination?topicID=1&articleID=732670

By Adib Povera – October 1, 2021 @ 1:52pm

KUALA LUMPUR: The private sector should emulate the move by the Public Service Department (PSD) which made it mandatory for federal civil servants to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said fully vaccinated staff will not only be able to return to work but also facilitate economic recovery efforts and restore services to the people.

It is proven that with vaccination, infectivity and the possibility of severe categories associated with Covid-19, have been reduced in Malaysia and internationally.

“The private sector must emulate the move that the government has implemented for their staff and not wait till it is mandated or regulated by law,” he said in a statement.

Most staff at private hospitals throughout the country, have been vaccinated and many have imposed a compulsory vaccination policy to protect the welfare of their staff and patients.

Dr Kuljit added that various policies have helped encourage staff to be vaccinated such as compulsory regular testing and re-designation of work for those who refuse, and fortunately such numbers (unvaccinated) are very small in private hospitals.

“We hope all private service providers particularly with direct public contact will enforce compulsory vaccination, and those without public contact should also have similar rules to avoid infection among office colleagues.

“The responsibility of containing the pandemic is in the hands of the entire work force both in public and private sectors,” he said.

On the mandatory vaccine ruling by the PSD, he said, the announcement was commendable and timely since the service and facilities provided by public service officers are largely to the public and a fully vaccinated work force is the best option.

“The implementation of compulsory vaccination for all federal government staff is a clear indication that the authorities are deeply concerned about those who resist vaccination, and the possible collapse of healthcare services, particularly Intensive Care Units.

“Non-Covid 19 patients have suffered a lot of inconvenience in recent months because of the surge in patients who contracted the virus at both private and public hospitals,” he said.

Covid-19: Private hospitals offer to help vaccinate teens: THE STAR 2 September 2021

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PETALING JAYA: Private hospitals are eager to help with the Covid-19 vaccination of teenagers below 18 if needed, says the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia.

“Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin mentioned that there is a likelihood that the Covid-19 will be deemed as endemic by end of October, as 80% of the population will be vaccinated.

“In view of this, it’s essential to have teenagers have their vaccination completed and some private hospitals will be happy to participate in the program,” its president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said in a statement on Thursday (Sept 2).

He said that most private hospitals in Klang Valley have ceased the vaccination program coordinated by the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) and Protect Health Sdn Bhd over the past month, but selected private hospitals are eager to resume providing vaccination.

“Currently, several private hospitals have commenced private vaccination using one brand of vaccine for Covid-19 for the adult population,” he added.

Dr Kuljit said that vaccination of teenagers below 18 could be done either at schools itself, subject to safety concerns.

“But, it’s preferable at a public or private hospital.

“Mega PPV may not be conducive for children unless there are no other viable options,” he said.

He said that family clinics and general practitioners are also viable alternatives for the purpose.

However, he added that the regulatory authority must first allay worry among parents and doctors.

“This should be verified by the regulatory authorities with data obtained from vaccine manufacturers and published scientific studies as soon as possible,” he said.

He added it was also important to determine the type of vaccine suitable for the purpose to allow private healthcare facilities to make the necessary arrangements.

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