Malaysia Healthcare Chronicles

The Quarterly Overview: Healthcare Commentary

During the second quarter of the year, Malaysia faced a resurge in COVID-19 cases with more virulent, sporadic variants found and the highest number of daily infections recorded in the country with 9,020 cases on 30 May. This resurgence caused strains to the healthcare system, as overall hospital capacities are still considered to be at a critical level.

As a result of this, Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Bin Haji Mohd Yassin announced that Malaysia would undergo a nationwide ‘total lockdown’ on all economic and social sectors from 1 to 14 June. With cases still above the 4,000-a-day threshold set by the government to ease the lockdown, it was further extended for another two weeks from 15 to 28 June.

To strategise Malaysia’s recovery outlook for the next few months, the Prime Minister announced the National Recovery Plan – a four-phase exit strategy from the COVID-19 crisis that will see gradual ease on economic and social sectors. Movements from one phase to the next is dependent on several factors including the number of daily COVID-19 transmissions recorded, utilisation rates in the ICU wards and percentage of the population who have been vaccinated.

The National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) has seen several key initiatives take effect to inoculate the population since the beginning of Phase 1 on 24 February. Among those are the opening of additional mega vaccination centres in Penang and Kuala Lumpur – which make up for a quarter of the country’s population, availability of drive-throughs, and mobile vaccination units to ensure ease of accessibility to those in rural communities. The country reached its daily vaccination target of 200,000 two weeks ahead of its initial July plan. Malaysia aims to vaccinate 80 per cent of the population and achieve herd immunity by December 2021. With more vaccines anticipated to be readily available, the government has

During the second quarter of the year, Malaysia faced a resurge in COVID-19 cases with more virulent, sporadic variants found and the highest number of daily infections recorded in the country with 9,020 cases on 30 May. This resurgence caused strains to the healthcare system, as overall hospital capacities are still considered to be at a critical level.

As a result of this, Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Bin Haji Mohd Yassin announced that Malaysia would undergo a nationwide ‘total lockdown’ on all economic and social sectors from 1 to 14 June. With cases still above the 4,000-a-day threshold set by the government to ease the lockdown, it was further extended for another two weeks from 15 to 28 June.

To strategise Malaysia’s recovery outlook for the next few months, the Prime Minister announced the National Recovery Plan – a four-phase exit strategy from the COVID-19 crisis that will see gradual ease on economic and social sectors. Movements from one phase to the next is dependent on several factors including the number of daily COVID-19 transmissions recorded, utilisation rates in the ICU wards and percentage of the population who have been vaccinated.

The National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) has seen several key initiatives take effect to inoculate the population since the beginning of Phase 1 on 24 February. Among those are the opening of additional mega vaccination centres in Penang and Kuala Lumpur – which make up for a quarter of the country’s population, availability of drive-throughs, and mobile vaccination units to ensure ease of accessibility to those in rural communities. The country reached its daily vaccination target of 200,000 two weeks ahead of its initial July plan. Malaysia aims to vaccinate 80 per cent of the population and achieve herd immunity by December 2021. With more vaccines anticipated to be readily available, the government has mobilised private clinics and hospitals as vaccination centres. This public-private partnership will be key to facilitate recovery during this pandemic and to better serve stakeholders in the long run.

As a community, let us stand united in the fight against COVID-19. As individuals, we all have a role to play in helping to flatten the curve. The end starts with you.

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