Association of Private Hospital Malaysia are looking forward to work together with the Ministry of Health to register public and private patients in private hospitals for the National Co-Vid 19 Vaccine. According to the Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba [in BERNAMA.com 4th April 2021] majority of Malaysians are yet to register and the causes of it is being look out for.
We are currently in communication with The Special Committee on Co-Vid 19 Vaccine Supply to have the finer details sorted out and we propose to start almost immediately.
We would want to increase the options for the public and private patients to register manually with the assistance of our staff at our private hospitals into the system. This would be for the free vaccines provided by the government. Private hospitals are currently in discussion to confirm our commitment to vaccinate the public using the vaccines provided by the government.
Private hospitals in Malaysia are about 210 with 152 members of Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia which are all strategically situated throughout the country including the main towns in Sabah and Sarawak. In 2018 there were 1.1 million admissions in private hospitals and 3.8 million out-patient visitations. We believe with these numbers, our effort in getting more citizens and other residents in this country registered for the vaccine will enhance the National Co-Vid 19 Immunization Program.
Our approach will also be to educate the public on the benefits of vaccination and the importance of having herd immunity at the earliest time which will allow economy to recover.
APHM is also hopeful that with this effort of assisting the patients in private hospitals with the vaccination program, we could also commence the private vaccination program parallelly for economic front liners as soon as the availability of vaccines are attained.
DATUK DR KULJIT SINGH
President Association of Private Hospital Malaysia