A total of 63 officers and staff of the Health Ministry, Malaysian Armed Forces and non-governmental organisations (NGO) have left for Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh since Nov 20. The team has been entrusted with the responsibility to set up the operations of Hospital Medan Malaysia there.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said team has been given the mandate by the government to establish and operate the hospital in Cox’s Bazar for ‘acute referral cases’.

He said the hospital will be able to house between 30 and 50 patients.

“The 62 officers were sent in two batches. The first batch of 28 people was sent on Nov 20 for the setting up of the hospital.

“The second batch of 34 officers comprising health ministry staff and NGOs left for Bangladesh today, to make preparations to start operations of Hospital Medan Malaysia,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

Dr Noor Hisham said the operations of the hospital will be headed by one specialist from the ministry, who will be assisted by ministry officers and staff as well as volunteers from NGOs such as the Islamic Medical Association Malaysia Response and Relief Team (Imaret), Mercy Malaysia, Malaysia Relief Agency, Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA), MyCorps, and Humanity Heroes.

The hospital will be manned by 50 officers comprising medical specialists, public health specialists, pharmacists, nurses, laboratory technologist and assistant environmental health officers, he added.

He said Mas Margo and Pharmaniaga have helped in sending medical equipment, non-medical equipment, medications and other necessities through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.

“The collaboration and cooperation between the Health Ministry and other government and non-governmental agencies have helped in the smooth process of the setting up of the hospital.

“The ministry appreciates the cooperation with the armed forces and volunteers who ensured this mission was successful.

“Their contributions and involvement are truly appreciated,” he added.

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