News: More nurses selected to undergo disaster training

More nurses selected to undergo disaster training

The Star, 7 Oct 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has intensified its disaster preparation planning by training over 470 nurses and another 438 in emergency and trauma nursing programmes, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The training, which started at the beginning of last year, was extended to private institutions to involve more nurses, he said.

Emergency physicians in main hospitals, said Liow, were developing these nurse training programmes, including formulating disaster plans for hospitals and drills to ensure proper patient care.

“This means that nurses need to be prepared to deal with all hazards, during which they play a major role in responding to those events and in managing their victims to ensure the best possible outcomes,” he said in his address at the Third International Conference on Disaster Nursing held in conjunction with the 17th Malaysia-Singapore Nursing Conference here yesterday.

The ministry’s nursing division, he said, would also develop a training module and curriculum for an Advanced Emergency and Trauma Course to prepare nurses for disaster management.

Liow said Malaysia’s Policy and Mechanism on National Disaster and Relief Management and the ministry’s Malaysian Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services Policy Book stressed the importance of disaster preparation.

“We will take in 1,681 nurses from private nursing colleges by year-end and 6,726 by 2015,” he said.

In ROMPIN, Liow said the ministry would proceed with its study on the source of illnesses in Bukit Koman without the involvement of the Ban Cyanide in Gold Mining Action Committee, which had yet to send its list of experts and the 383 names of allegedly sick patients.

“I have directed my officers to expedite the study so the issue can be put to rest,” he said after chairing the Pahang MCA exco meeting here.