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Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya

KUALA LUMPUR -The Ministry of Health has issued a code of ethics on social media usage among its staff to ensure the integrity of health personnel is at its highest level.

Its deputy minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the code of ethics was issued last year as a guideline for the ministry’s staff in preventing the misuse of social media which saw the occurrence of non integrity cases such as the video recording of patients or treatment procedures.

“Every profession has its own Code of Professional Conduct that must be adhered to and an officer can be subjected to disciplinary action for any non compliance of the prescribed ethics,” he told the Dewan Negara sitting here today.

He was replying to a question from Senator Azizah Harun pertaining to the number of registered nurses, medical assistants and medical support personnel nationwide and how the government ensured their integrity so that cases of videos of patients or treatment procedures were not shared or went viral on social media.

Elaborating further, Dr Hilmi said the ministry had taken disciplinary action against the officials involved in his ministry.

He said many cases involving disciplinary offences had been taken, namely 239 cases in 2014; 338 cases (2015); 385 cases (2016) and 411 cases (2017).

“The form of action taken are warning (the lightest), fine of a maximum seven-day emolument deferment, deprived of emolument rights, static emolument, downgrade and the last resort is job termination,” he said.

He added that there are 121,492 nurses, 17,043 medical assistants and 30,663 medical support staff being registered at all the ministry and private facilities nationwide as of March 31. – BERNAMA

SUNGAI BULOH – The Ministry of Health (MOH) wants the educators under the ministry to be ready to assist trainees in need of help by practicing core values such as  being friendly, empathising and attentive.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said such values and attitudes were in line with the transformation plan of the 1Care for 1Malaysia (1Care), developed by MOH, in order to produce a national health system that was more responsive and to give choices to the people to obtain quality healthcare.

“1Care also aims at ensuring universal coverage of healthcare services based on the principle of unity and equality in continuing the implementation of a comprehensive healthcare system.

“As MOH personnel, educators who are experienced individuals in the medical field, are entrusted to provide the best services to all Malaysians irrespective of rank, race and religious faith of an individual.

“This trust should be carried out with sincerity and sense of responsibility,” he said in his opening speech of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health Training Institute (ILKKM) Lecturers Day 2016/2017 here today.

Later, Hilmi held a dialogue session with about 400 lecturers from 32 ILKKM colleges throughout the country to share their views on the TN50 initiative introduced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He also presented awards to lecturers who had performed well in carrying out their lecturing responsibilities. – BERNAMA

SEBERANG JAYA – The federal government’s RM400 million upgrading project involving the Seberang Jaya Hospital is currently underway and expected to reduce congestion currently faced by the hospital.

Health Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the hospital which currently had 393 beds and 1,960 staff was unable to accommodate the annual increase in the number of patients.

He said the upgrading project involved the construction of a new nine-storey building costing RM400 million which was expected to be completed by 2021.

“The population in this district is very large and requires a large hospital. It will get the additional 316 beds once the upgrading work is completed,” he told Bernama here today.

He said the project to upgrade the 20-year-old hospital is proof the federal government was striving to improve the standard of services needed by the people.

Meanwhile, on the issue of the hospital’s dearth in parking space, Dr Hilmi said he was currently discussing the matter with the hospital authorities to build a multi-storey car park.

He has suggested to the authorities to build a steel structure which is more cost-efficient and involves shorter construction time but the idea is still at the discussion stage.

Earlier, the Balik Pulau MP visited hospitals in Penang to show his appreciation to the doctors, medical officials and hospital staff working during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

He also handed over goodie bags, Hari Raya cookies and hampers to over 1,000 staff of six public hospitals, namely Balik Pulau Hospital, Penang General Hospital, Hospital Sungai Bakap, Hospital Bukit Mertajam, Hospital Kepala Batas and Hospital Seberang Jaya.

“This is our way of showing appreciation to our dedicated medical staff who could not make it home to celebrate Aidilfitri with their families due to work commitment,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Kidney patients form the largest waiting list to receive an organ in the country with 31,084 people.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the others waiting for organ transplants were seven liver patients, five heart patients and four lung patients.

He said a total of 381,353 people in Malaysia had pledged themselves as organ donors as of last Jan 31. However, it was still low as it only represented one per cent of the total population.

“This percentage is still small compared to developed countries where the number of organ donors there have reached 30 to 40 per cent of the population,” he said in reply to a question from Datuk Fauzi Zahari (BN-Setiawangsa) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

Therefore, he said, the country still required more people to pledge as organ donors. – BERNAMA