No disruptions in hospital treatment for non-Covid-19 cases

The health ministry is working with four companies to make online appointments for non-Covid-19 out-patients. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has confirmed there will be no disruptions in the appointments and treatment of non-Covid-19 patients during the movement control order (MCO) period.

He said these services at hospitals and health clinics were still going on as usual.

“We still have 146 hospitals operating as usual as only seven hospitals are designated for Covid-19 cases,” he said when asked at a press conference.

He said the ministry had referred treatment and surgery cases to hospitals not designated for Covid-19 to avoid disruptions in medical services.

Further, to reduce congestion at health clinics during the Covid-19 period, the health ministry had collaborated with four companies to introduce the online appointment system at such places.

The four companies are Queuemed, EncoreMed, Bookdoc and DoctorOnCall.

“This is to avoid having too many people gathering at clinics as we are supposed to practise social distancing.

“This online appointment system also allows patients to choose their preferred appointment slots for treatment.”

However, this system is only applicable for “walk-in” out-patient cases, he added.

The health ministry said the system will be implemented in phases, starting with four health clinics in Presint 9, 11, 14 and 18 of Putrajaya, with the collaboration of DoctorOnCall.

“This service will be expanded to include health clinics in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor,” he said.