The movement control order came into force in Malaysia today. All Malaysians are required to stay home in an effort to try to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is still a group of us who still needs to go to work. Healthcare workers are at the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and works continue for them. The University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) is one of the few centres in the country that handles COVID-19 and is the only non-Ministry of Health hospitals that are taking care of patients and person under investigation (PUI). They are sometimes exposed to COVID-19 cases and needs to be monitored. The Jabatan Kesihatan Awam (JKA) or Public Health Department together with the Occupational Safety Health and Environmental Unit entrusted to carry out the risk assessment and surveillance.
The doctors and nurses from the Public Health Department set up the JKA COVID-19 Operation Room. We are managing contact tracing and monitoring of symptoms for all healthcare workers who are exposed to COVID-19 patients. Many of our students from the Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health programmes have volunteered to run the Operation Room. Many of them have vast experience from their work at the Ministry of Health Malaysia.
Today, we had a briefing and demonstration session in the department for all the staff and students.