GEORGE TOWN: Greater efforts are needed to produceÂ anaesthesiologists to overcome the shortage of such experts in Malaysia, said
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.
He said Malaysia was facing a shortage of anaesthesia experts where currentlyÂ one anaesthesiologist was attending to 40,000 people, and the ratio was notÂ comparable to world standards.
According to Dr Hilmi, currently there were 470 anaesthesiologists in theÂ country, with 350 of them working in the government hospitals while theÂ remaining 120 were in private hospitals.
“We are targeting one anaesthesiology expert to attend to 30,000 people in 10Â years’ time from the current ratio of 1:40,000,” he told reporters after openingÂ the Annual Scientific Congress of the Malaysian Society of AnaesthesiologistsÂ and College of Anaesthesiologists, here today.
Dr Hilmi said according to world standard, an anaesthesiologist attended toÂ 10,000 people, thus Malaysia was still lagging behind with the ratio ofÂ 1:40,000.
He said the Ministry of Health would continue to work together with theÂ College of Anaesthesiologists in order to train and produce more
anaesthesiologists to cater to the growing population.
Dr Hilmi said the College of Anaesthesiologists was in collaboration withÂ the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland and Australia to look into a parallelÂ pathway for postgraduate education in anaesthesia.
He said 10 to 15 candidates were sent yearly to Ireland and Australia toÂ enable the country to achieve its objectives in producing more
Dr Hilmi said the Ministry of Health acknowledged the key role as well asÂ important contribution of the paediatric anaesthesiologists and would continueÂ to support by providing necessary framework, equipment, medications andÂ logistics required in rendering the practice of paediatric anaesthesia safe. — BERNAMA