Let army take over Covid-19 fight, says health expert

PETALING JAYA: A medical expert has proposed that the armed forces take over the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, who has often criticised the handling of the pandemic, said Malaysia needed a better medical leadership with “absolute coordination” and “no-nonsense logistics” given the current number of Covid-19 cases.

In a thinly veiled jab at health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Musa said the management of the pandemic must be led by a public health expert, and not a surgeon.

“This is because the present leaders have failed to flatten the curve of infections. Therefore, in my humble opinion, let them take a rest. I believe public health experts from the army should be the commander-in-chief to lead the health crisis.

“I’m confident they can do this successfully because failure is not an option for them,” he said in an online forum organised by Reset Malaysia.

He also urged the government to make the Covid-19 home testing kits more affordable.

“In some countries, the testing kits are free or are sold at an affordable price, but in Malaysia, it is over RM30.

“Not many people can afford this but the politicians ignore it because their cronies make thousands from selling these kits,” he added.

Further, with the Delta variant spreading in the country, he urged the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) to fast-track the approval of the Moderna vaccine.

He claimed that combining AstraZeneca with Pfizer or Moderna shots have shown high efficacy against the variant.

He pointed out that the government had failed to curb the spike in cases because it ignored basic measures in managing the pandemic.

Among others, he said the government did not “lead by example” in complying with the SOPs, Covid-19 testing, isolation of positive cases and border control.

“The leaders think they know everything and refuse to listen. They only want to change their tactics when there is a spike in cases. For me, they are not proactive. – FMT

by Hakimie Amrie Hisamudin

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