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Malaysia Still Facing Shortage Of Anaesthesiologists: Hilmi

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GEORGE TOWN: Greater efforts are needed to produce 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 currently one anaesthesiologist was attending to 40,000 people, and the ratio was not comparable to world standards.

According to Dr Hilmi, currently there were 470 anaesthesiologists in the country, with 350 of them working in the government hospitals while the remaining 120 were in private hospitals.

“We are targeting one anaesthesiology expert to attend to 30,000 people in 10 years’ time from the current ratio of 1:40,000,” he told reporters after opening the Annual Scientific Congress of the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists and College of Anaesthesiologists, here today.

Dr Hilmi said according to world standard, an anaesthesiologist attended to 10,000 people, thus Malaysia was still lagging behind with the ratio of 1:40,000.

He said the Ministry of Health would continue to work together with the 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 with the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland and Australia to look into a parallel pathway for postgraduate education in anaesthesia.

He said 10 to 15 candidates were sent yearly to Ireland and Australia to enable the country to achieve its objectives in producing more
anaesthesiologists.

Dr Hilmi said the Ministry of Health acknowledged the key role as well as important contribution of the paediatric anaesthesiologists and would continue to support by providing necessary framework, equipment, medications and logistics required in rendering the practice of paediatric anaesthesia safe. — BERNAMA

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