Malaysia hopes to get 50 neurosurgeons in near future

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye says there are currently 115 practising neurosurgeons nationwide. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye today spoke of the need for more neurosurgeons to serve in public and private health care centres in the semi-urban and rural areas.

He said currently there were 115 practising neurosurgeons nationwide, in both government and private hospitals, supported by over 400 individuals trained in neuroscience nursing.

“We are hoping to have another 40 to 50 neurosurgeons in the near future,” he told reporters after launching the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Symposia 2018 here.

Due to the small number of surgeons available, it was a challenge catering to the needs of accident victims, especially those with head injuries.

Melaka, Kelantan, Sarawak and Perlis have limited neurosurgical health services at present.

Lee said there was a need for neurosurgical services in smaller hospitals too but the cost of setting up such a centre was very expensive, requiring RM5-RM10 million.

Lee said the health ministry introduced a one-year Advanced Diploma in Neuroscience Nursing training programme in 2013.

Malaysia is hosting the 6th instalment of the WFNS conference, attended by over 800 neurosurgical specialists from more than 75 countries, from Aug 15 to19.