As the Malaysian Health Coalition representing 23 professional societies, 6 civil societies and 11 individuals, we congratulate Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba as Malaysia’s new Health Minister, and Dato’ Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali and Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang as Malaysia’s new Deputy Health Ministers.
We hope that you will lead Malaysia through the increasingly urgent COVID-19 situation, ensure seamless crisis response and routine healthcare delivery, and lay the foundations for future health reforms.
In the short-term, we need to overcome COVID-19 with a strong, sensible, sustainable and equitable response. This outbreak is the ultimate test of our health system and our society and demands our highest attention. Therefore, we urge you to lead an all-of-society response that includes stakeholders far beyond the Health Ministry and the Government. We must also adequately protect our front-line health professionals, physically and emotionally.
In the long-term, we must find durable solutions to our health challenges. Long queues, increasing cost, unequal healthcare access and increasing NCDs in an aging population must be addressed through reforms in the way we finance healthcare, organise public hospitals and primary care, and treat medical and allied health professionals. Reforms need a long-term inter-ministry effort, to achieve high-quality, affordable and accessible health.
We hope that you will advocate for health to be higher on the national agenda. This requires difficult decisions in issues such as healthcare for the poor or marginalised, child rights, teenage pregnancies, vaccinations, mental health, tobacco policies, certain healthcare services for non-citizens, the environment and the annual haze, and road safety. We will stand firmly behind decisions based on evidence, ethics and equity.
We look forward to a mutually supportive partnership to improve the Rakyat’s health. There is significant collective expertise, knowledge and wisdom among Malaysia’s health professionals, and we hope that you will involve us as equal partners. The Health Ministry’s experienced and dedicated professionals are appreciated by the Rakyat and recognised internationally, and they will help us build Malaysia's health together.
The health and well-being of the Rakyat is our shared priority. In our journey towards Health for All, we embrace evidence-based decision-making, multi-disciplinary teamwork, and the human right to health. We hope that these principles will guide our partnership as we serve our nation together.
BERKHIDMAT UNTUK NEGARA.
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES (Presidents & Chairs)
CIVIL SOCIETIES (Presidents & Chairs)
DEANS OF MEDICINE
15 March 2020