PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry has obtained approval to recruit 8,302 contract healthcare workers, to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
The minister Dr Adham Baba said the workers hired as of April included 82 science officers; 4,472 nurses; 2,249 assistant medical officers; 666 medical laboratory technologists; 340 assistant environmental officers and 293 diagnostic X-Ray technicians.
“The recruitment includes the finance ministry’s approval to extend the services of 200 counsellors, who will provide mental health support to clients at health clinics nationwide,” he said in a statement today.
He said the government had also agreed to approve another one-year contract extension for 3,622 medical and dental officers as well as pharmacists, at a cost of RM289.69 million.
“The officers will be notified of the renewal before the existing contract ends,” he said.
Adham said the ministry had also appointed 3,042 MySTEP personnel to assist in non-clinical tasks at the ministry’s health facilities and institutions.
Based on the current Covid-19 situation in several states, the ministry has moved its healthcare workers to critical areas, involving various service schemes such as clinical physicians, public health physicians, medical officers, science officers, assistant medical officers and nurses.
He said a total of 648 healthcare workers were mobilised to Sarawak, while another 366 were sent to Kelantan from April 26.
“Initiatives like this will be continued from time to time based on critical needs in certain states, while ensuring that the existing needs in other states are not affected,” he said.
A total of 306 members of the implementing group, including assistant administrative officers, administrative assistants (clerical/operations and finance), customer service officers and drivers, were mobilised to assist the state health departments and district health offices.
“The ministry hopes the implementation of this initiative can further increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the government’s efforts to address the pandemic in the country,” he said.