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Medical Frontliners Will Be Given Time Off After 5 Months Working Tirelessly Fighting Covid-19

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On Tuesday (May 5), Malaysia recorded the lowest daily figure which is 30 new cases since the government implemented the Movement Control Order (MCO), according to The Star.

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The total number of positive cases is 6,383 cases with a healing rate of 71.55 %  (4,567 cases) and death rate 1.66 % or 106 cases of death.

Finally, frontliners will be given time off in the next one or two weeks after five months of working tirelessly to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be given rest in stages as as well as counselling to prevent themselves from burning out, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham said in the daily Covid-19 press conference yesterday on May 5.

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“Ministry of Health (MOH) frontliners have been working non-stop day and night for the last five months, they can barely even differentiate between weekday or weekend,”

“But today, we can see the results of all the sacrifices they have made, new cases have declined. The use of COVID-19 wards and Intensive Care Units in hospitals have also gone down,” he said.

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He also responded to the question about MOH approach to ensure frontliners mental health.

“We may use this opportunity to give some time off to the MOH workforce in stages. We will also give them counselling to prepare them for an increase in cases, if it happens, ”

“We always prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.”

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He then took the opportunity to thank all the frontliners, not just the MOH, but also the police, armed forces, NGOs, and everyone who have dedicated their lives and effort to battle the outbreak in the country.

Source : Malaysiakini | The Star