KUALA LUMPUR, August 19 — Former Health Ministry deputy director-general (medical) Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai died this morning from a heart attack at 64 after serving 38 years in the ministry.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah made the announcement about the “sudden unexpected loss” of Dr Jeyaindran.
Dr Jeyaindran reportedly collapsed at his home here from a heart attack, before he was rushed to Hospital Kuala Lumpur, where he died at about 2am.
“Our hearts go out to his family and friends in this time of sorrow. He was a great friend and teacher to many and will be sorely missed,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
Dr Jeyaindran served as Health deputy director-general from 2013 to 2018, when, under his stewardship, Malaysia’s houseman training programme was the only one in the world recognised by the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom, according to his LinkedIn profile. He retired on May 31 last year.
He was also a senior consultant physician at Hospital Kuala Lumpur, the largest government hospital in the country, specialising in respiratory medicine, cardiology, health management, and patient safety. Dr Jeyaindran previously headed the department of medicine there from 2004 to 2013.
Update at 7.35pm:
Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said Dr Jeyaindran cared a lot for workers’ welfare and dared to express his opinions to ensure the progress of Malaysia’s health care system.
“His good work and contributions to MOH will not be forgotten. I will always remember his message to MOH’s entire staff: ‘Always facilitate, don’t frustrate’,” Dzulkefly said in a statement.