PETALING JAYA: The health ministry has applied to hire 1,899 additional health workers amid the resurgence in Covid-19 cases.
In a statement, its minister, Dr Adham Baba, said these workers would be hired on a contract basis, and they include research officers, nurses, assistant medical officers and lab technicians.
Adham said this was on top of the mobilisation of health workers and facilities from some states to those which needed them more.
The application to the finance ministry and Public Service Department was submitted last Friday, he said, adding that the government’s Prihatin stimulus package had provided for an additional 2,000 health workers to be hired on a contract basis.
“Aside from being stationed at health facilities like hospitals, health clinics, laboratories, district health offices and the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre, the health workers will serve at quarantine stations nationwide and international gateways into the country like KLIA,” he said.
Malaysia has been reporting triple-digit Covid-19 cases on a daily basis. As of yesterday, there were 4,587 active cases with 90 people in the intensive care unit. A total of 157 people have died.