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More than 1,592 non-Covid-19 patients moved to private hospitals in Klang Valley By Kalbana Perimbanayagam – August 16, 2021 @ 3:54pm

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The Health Ministry’s secretary-general, Malaysian Armed Forces Health KOR, Deputy Director General of Health [Public Health] and Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia worked the entire process of decanting seamlessly, and all patients received appropriate treatment at private hospitals according to the cost pre-determined by MoH.

Mass inoculation the best way forward, say experts: STAR On-Line 7 July 2021

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https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/07/07/mass-inoculation-the-best-way-forward-say-experts

PETALING JAYA: Since the number of Covid-19 infections remains high, mass vaccination is the only way towards a speedier recovery for the nation, say health experts.

Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said the country’s current vaccination rate was commendable.

“The government had earlier planned to vaccinate 400,000 people a day and it looks like we are getting closer to that target.

“This is a good move and it shows that we should achieve herd immunity much earlier,” he said when contacted yesterday.

He added that the current restrictions under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) and the standard operating procedures (SOPs) had not stemmed the number of daily cases and may have to be reviewed.

“(It’s) not working and the only remedy is to carry out the vaccination programme to bring down the number of cases,” he said.

Dr Kuljit also said the only “silver lining” of the current controls was that they had prevented daily infection numbers from going as high as five digits.

He suggested that the focus be placed on vaccinating the groups of people who were getting infected, such as those in factories or sectors that required physical meetings to run their business.

 

 

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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APHM: Ceiling prices for Covid-19 tests do not cover other fees related to testing

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APHM: Ceiling prices for Covid-19 tests do not cover other fees related to testing

Private hospitals maxed out with Covid-19 patients By Veena Babulal – April 29, 2021 @ 8:18am

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https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/04/686330/private-hospitals-maxed-out-covid-19-patients

KUALA LUMPUR: Private hospitals have reached their capacity for the intake of Covid-19 patients.

Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said most private hospitals were no longer able to accept these patients.

“Over the past two weeks, they have recorded a steep acceleration in beds occupied, within designated wards and ICU (intensive care unit) beds.

“Even ICU beds are filled up.”

He said that most private hospitals, particuarly those in the Klang Valley, were no longer able to accept Covid-19 patients.

Dr Kuljit said that the situation was grim as government facilities in the Klang Valley and possibly in Johor were fast filling up with the current increase in patients.

“Our hope is the public will take this shortage of beds in hospitals seriously and be responsible in making sure the spread is curtailed and all preventive SOPs are adhered.

“The biggest fear would be if we face a healthcare shut-down because of non-availabity of beds and oxygen treatment.”

He further reiterated his call to the government to decant non-Covid-19 patients to their facilities to give public hospitals space to handle those with the infections.

Dr Kuljit also said that it should be done at the cost that was agreed on last year, and that the bill for the patients should be fully funded by the government.

The Emergency Ordinance was put to effect in January during the height of the previous spike in infections in order to allow authorities to take over private healthcare resources and reduce the burden on public healthcare.

However, private hospitals were reluctant as the question on who would bore the cost still lingered.

Rejecting patients came at the risk of coughing up a fine of RM5 million or jail time for the operators of the facilities, and few insurers were willing to offer Covid-19 treatment coverage.

This situation was however, resolved when the government said that these facilities were empowered to treat Covid-19 patients who can afford to pay for the medical costs and treatment themselves.

 

Blockchain technology offers ideal solution: March 25, 2021 NST

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https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2021/03/676735/blockchain-technology-offers-ideal-solution

LETTERS: Malaysia has commenced vaccination for frontliners since February this year and soon, we will move into the second phase whereby the high risk will be vaccinated and finally, from August, it will be for the rest of the citizens and other residents in this country.

It is time that we get prepared to create vaccine passports for our citizens who will receive their vaccination soon.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin recently said that there are discussions with China and Singapore for the recognition of our digital certificate.

The vaccine passport should not be limited just to vaccination, but also to the latest Covid-19 test (RTK, PCR or AB) that has been conducted before travel, which gives options to the public and in-bound medical tourist in case they have not been vaccinated.

Our concerns are on the implementation and recognition of digital vaccination passports for international patients who intend to visit Malaysia for medical tourism, as there have been vaccination programmes in many Asean countries before Malaysia vaccinated their first citizen.

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased attention on maximising our digital potential. The healthcare sector recognises the work needed to establish a digital infrastructure that builds trust in patients, particularly medical tourists, and exemplifies both physical and digital safety.

One of these areas in the digital structure is a system of digital passports which provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

Blockchain technology would be the most ideal solution to implement such a system, especially a decentralised blockchain ledger which would provide anonymity, immutability and, more importantly, transparency.

We propose to the government to begin implementing such a system immediately. We first need universally defined standards for how a digital vaccination passport should work, which can be easily adopted and adapted by other countries. Beginning regionally would be the best option to serve both medical and commercial tourism.

Locally, we need all stakeholders to collaborate. Scalability must also be considered, where data storage is concerned, to accommodate the population of the nation and inbound patients.

The Health Ministry should play a strong role as a regulatory body, especially for determining the authenticity of vaccination information.

Our proposal would be to commence medical tourism in this manner once a large group of citizens have been vaccinated, but not until the end of the vaccination programme.

With this in mind, reimagine a blockchain-enabled Covid-19 registry with the information stored on a distributed ledger system, particularly for Asean.

It acts as the single source of portable and verifiable truth and can be the backbone of other health apps, tools and interventions in development by government and private entities for both local and international patients.

Through the power of data, it can support targeted Covid-19 public health interventions and strategically revive the economy in an informed way.

The benefits from blockchain technology can help project Malaysia’s aspiration to transform our nation into a digitally driven, high-income nation and a regional leader in the digital economy. We could get medical tourism booming again as it was in 2019.

Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh

President, Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia

 

Also Published in THE STAR:
https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2021/03/25/lets-lead-the-way-in-creating-and-using-vaccination-passport

 

Satisfactory Progress with Private Hospital Vaccination

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Picture taken with CEO Tan Suet Guan

 

20th March 2021: We are happy that most states in Peninsular and some parts of Sabah and Sarawak has commenced vaccination of private hospital healthcare workers except in Melaka which is delayed till end of the month but we did receive a promise that it may happen earlier. Our aim is to have the entire exercise streamlined better particularly with the Private General Practitioners.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/03/674935/aphm-raises-concerns-some-states-yet-vaccinate-private-healthcare-workers

Private hospitals [in those states that the program went well] worked very well with Ministry of Health, Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri and Pejabat Kesihatan Dearah in preparing the listing of specialist and staff to be vaccinated. In many states it was a daily updating exercise and the entire process has been smooth. Those who are still waiting to be vaccinated, the system will be enhanced once the new batch of vaccines are received.

Next week, doctors and staff in Wilayah will receive their second dose of Pfizer in the respective centres.

 

 

 

800 health frontliners at Pantai Hospital KL, KPJ Tawakkal get Covid-19 jab: TheVibes.Com

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https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/19972/800-health-frontliners-at-pantai-hospital-kl-kpj-tawakkal-get-covid-19-jab

 

Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh, in a statement, said this proves that private healthcare facilities have the capability to run the Covid-19 inoculation programme for the public.

Experts back ‘Co-vid 19 Passport’ but want more info: STAR 22 February 2021

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Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia’s president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh agreed that it was a good idea, but called for more time to evaluate the possibility of any discrimination.

The vaccine passport will allow us to know who has been vaccinated and who hasn’t. It will be easier too for private hospitals to know the vaccination status before commencing treatment for an individual although we will still treat all patients with or without vaccination, but the pre-treatment process may differ. We will wait for the guidelines, ” he said.

He said everyone should get vaccinated as the risk of side effects of the vaccine was negligible when compared to the long-term complications from Covid-19 infection.

Sustainable Health Policies Will Drive Public-Private Partnership In Health Care, Says Industry By Kanmani Batumalai, CODE BLUE | 19 February 2021

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Sustainable Health Policies Will Drive Public-Private Partnership In Health Care, Says Industry

 

“The government should not come back to the private sectors to control our operations, our way of managing the hospitals because we are pretty independent. In order for this to sustain and help in the PPP, we should be able to sustain,” APHM president Dr Kuljit Singh said in the online panel discussion.

“We are not saying that we are going for over-profits or manage it to a level that can kill the entire ecosystem. We are willing to help out.”

Dr Kuljit also noted that the private health care facilities, including general practitioners (GPs), built the ecosystem without much support from the government. 

“But then there shouldn’t be a control. Sometimes they tend to control the private sector, but they must remember that the private hospitals and private general practitioners are all on our own.”

At the same time, the medical groups also stated that the health care sector is gearing up for a sustained fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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