98% of elective surgery backlog in govt hospitals cleared, says health DG

Desmond Davidson

Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says mass surgery initiatives across the country helped clear some of the elective surgeries in backlog at government hospitals. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 14, 2022.

NINETY-eight percent of the 57,355 elective surgeries in the backlog at government hospitals nationwide was cleared at the end of last month, Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today. 

The backlog, which Hisham said was one of the immediate consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, was due to the postponements over the last two years as hospitals closed operation theatres (OTs) and freed up more beds for Covid-19 cases. 

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