Saturday, September 18, 2010

Malaysian Health Ministry's Scholarships to train 800 medical specialists

GEORGE TOWN: The Health Ministry will be offering scholarships to train 800 specialists in various medical fields next year.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said there were currently only 5,000 specialists in country.

He said there were 30,000 doctors in the country - 20,000 with the Government and the rest in private hospitals or practices.

Liow said 400 scholarships were offered in 2008, and the ministry hoped to gradually increase the numbers over the years due to the acute shortage of specialists.

He said the ministry had spent around RM200mil for training yearly.

“Besides that we are also looking at bringing back the specialists based overseas to provide the best services to, not only the local populace, but to tourists who come to the country for treatment.

“We need as many specialists as possible, as there are a lot of vacancies,” he said after presenting certificates to 195 students who graduated with diploma for various academic courses at the Han Chiang College here.

On Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement of the “1Malaysia milk” programme that would be distributed to Year 1 to Year 6 pupils nationwide soon, Liow said it was a good initiative.

He said there were 11,000 children under the age of five that were malnourished.

“By providing milk, it will help them to build up their immune system,” he added.

Asked about the precautionary measures taken to ensure there was no repeat of food poisoning or milk contamination among the pupils, Liow said the ministry would work with the Education Ministry to ensure a proper storage and distribution system were in place.

Food poisoning after bad storage spoilt the milk.

*Taken from The Star Online

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