Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sabah: Facing shortage of assistant medical officers, needs 1,000 more

Posted by Smookiekins On 6/28/2012 12:57:00 PM
Sabah is facing a shortage of assistant medical officers (AMOs). According to the president of the Association of Medical Assistants Sabah (AMAS), Joseph Kajangan, the state presently has 1,160 AMOs serving at public hospitals and clinics.

Sabah facing shortage of assistant medical officers

“This is what have been given to Sabah, but definitely we need more. We need 1,000 more. The current figure is not enough. Even though the (health) service is not interrupted and we can still function, we need the extra people for the extended programmes like Klinik Malaysia and other new facilities that have been introduced,” he said after closing the first National Clinical Conference of Assistant Medical Officers 2012 Sabah yesterday.

Fortunately, he said Sabah would soon have its first batch of graduate AMOs from Kolej Sains Kesihatan Bersekutu Kota Kinabalu in January, next year.

“A total of 70 students will be graduating from the college next year … the college began operating in 2010, and these are our first batch of students graduating. Presently, a total of 400 students are training to become AMOs in the college,” he said.

Meanwhile, four resolutions were reached after the three-day conference held at 1Borneo Grand Ballroom.

“We want to have relevant degrees for the AMOs to pursue their studies, and we want them to enhance their clinical knowledge, especially in handling emergency cases. “We would also like them to enhance their role and responsibility in the management of communicable diseases such as Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, as well as non-communicable disease such as diabetes, hypertension and so on. We also want our AMOs to enhance their clinical knowledge so they can develop their next step in the specialisation and sub-specialisation field.”

He said AMOs were needed to assist specialists in open heart surgery, for instance.

“The surgeon will do the operation, but the technologists are actually the AMOs,” he said.

He added that after undergoing their three years’ diploma programmes, most AMOs started to work prior to undergoing specialised training in their preferred field.

“We want our AMOs to develop their skill and knowledge and ability in this specialised field. There are quite a number of fields, including anesthesia, hemodialysis, pre-hospital care and others. Basically, specialists require AMOs to assist them. They are the clinical assistants,” he said.

He said AMAS was encouraging its members to undergo their specialist training as they should not stop with merely a diploma in their hands.

 “In this modern world, we cannot stop at the level of diploma. You have to go for degree and masters. The government has already created the pathway in terms of grade and salary but we don’t have enough qualified people to fulfill that requirement,” he said.

He also said the number of specialised courses for AMOs was limited.

“Only Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is offering a degree course in Emergency. There are several private higher learning institutes offering their own specialised courses but these are not relevant. We want something relevant so that when they (AMOs) return, they are competent and capable.”

More than 600 AMOs took part in the conference.

Source: Borneo Post

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10 comments:

  1. Jika kekurangan 1000 lagi pembantu pegawai perubatan, pengambilan perlu diperbanyakkan lagi melalui SPA8 dan buka iklan untuk kekosongan tersebut.

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    1. Para graduan perlu mencuba nasib

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  2. kan ramai graduan jurusan perubatan setiap tahun dari pelbagai kolej2 kesihatan.. ambillah mereka bekerja.

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    1. pengambilan ikut tapisan juga. kalau syarat dan kelulusan tidak menepati, kena reject. pendek kata, ramai graduan tapi kurang kualiti.

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    2. Sebab tu yang mengambil kursus tu perlu belajar bersunggung-sungguh untuk menepati kualiti yang diperlukan

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  3. Local medical college should consider training more Assistant Medical Officers rather than more nurses who are not in much demand at the moment.

    http://sabah-go-green.blogspot.com/

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  4. Currently the state is short of 1000 medical officers, hopefully the local medical college will be able to help meet this demand.

    http://sabah-go-green.blogspot.com/

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  5. Tapi kalau kita lihat banyak lepasan kolej-kolej swasta yang masih menganggur. Apatah lagi yang ditaja.

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    1. betul tu.. bagaimana dengan pelajar2 lepasan kursus perubatan yang masih menganggur? bolehkah mereka diserapkan ke jawatan ini? atau perlu ada latihan tambahan?

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    2. saya rasa mungkin selepas ini para menteri perlu bijak menjangkakan keperluan2 masa depan bagi mengelakkan berlaku kekurangan dalam perkhidmatan kerajaan..

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