Few GPs Participate in Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign Because Group Has Been Snubbed Since March, MMA Says in Khairy | Malaysia

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Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin speaks at a press conference on Hotspot Identification System for Dynamic Engagement in Putrajaya, May 4, 2021. – Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 – The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) said today that there has been no engagement between the Minister for the Coordination of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Program (PNM), Khairy Jamaluddin, and general medicine (GP) clinics to recruit them for the country’s vaccination efforts.

Responding to Khairy’s remarks that only 2,467 GPs have signed up for the cause so far, MMA President Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said the former had not shown interest in engaging with the cause. the group despite the association having written to the minister two months earlier.

Subramaniam said the MMA officially wrote to Khairy on March 2 to request a possible meeting to discuss plans to involve private GPs, but no official communication has since been received from both the ministry and the government. Special Committee for Guaranteeing Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV).

“The Minister should have dismounted from his high horse to meet us months ago when we wrote to him. Perhaps that would have encouraged more general practitioners to come on board.

“What a difference it would have made if he showed a little interest.

“How can there be any hope of success in dealing with the pandemic when the government stands on its own and even refuses help?

“In this case, private general practitioners were not consulted even when the vaccination program involves them!” he said in a statement here.

Subramaniam also asked why Khairy was unable to hold a virtual meeting with the country’s 8,000 GPs despite appearing on Zoom for his weekly press conference, further stressing that the engagement should have been made as public criticism escalated. on the slow progress of the PIN.

He further criticized the government for “dragging its feet” and not listening to stakeholders, which ultimately contributed to the failure to monitor the overall Covid-19 situation.

“It is only now that the cases of Covid-19 and deaths have exploded, we are talking about generalists. Where were MoH and JKJAV months ago?

“Or do we keep the tradition and wait for things to get worse before something is done?” he lamented.

He also revealed that most of the 2,500 private GPs who had expressed interest in the vaccination campaign had already received training in April and were prepared for the vaccination campaign in early May, but have now found themselves at a stalemate while waiting. the green light from the government.

“Was the PNI coordinating minister aware of this? If he was, why the delay? Subramaniam further questioned himself.

Subramaniam then said that Khairy should be aware of the excessive “red tape” in conducting the vaccination campaign and should take the necessary steps to alleviate the problem so that the NIP achieves its intended goal.

“If he is indeed in the know, then as Minister in charge of the PNM, he should jostle general practitioners day and night if the program does not progress, knowing that they are the best option, the simplest and the resource. most readily available to implement. vaccinations as has been proven in programs in other countries, ”he said.

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