KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Kajang Hospital has required all staff to check-in with the MySejahtera app when they clock into work, failing which they face disciplinary action and their on-call and Covid-19 allowance claims will not be paid.
Kajang Hospital director Dr Abdul Ghani Abdul Jalil said in a September 24 internal memo that hospital management was taking seriously the use of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Covid-19 management and contact tracing app for check-ins by all staff at each department and unit in Kajang Hospital, due to Covid-19 clusters involving health care workers as index cases.
The head of the public hospital based in Selangor also highlighted Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s instruction compelling the use of MySejahtera at all government and private health facilities.
Dr Abdul Ghani further cited the impact from a partial or total lockdown on the organisation if health care workers contracted Covid-19, besides enabling contact tracing with the use of MySejahtera if Covid-19 cases occur in a particular area of service.
“In line with that, it is once again informed that all staff at Kajang Hospital are required to register and to use the MySejahtera application every day during entry screenings at the department or unit where the staff is located at,” Dr Abdul Ghani said in his September 24 internal memo to 40 department and unit heads, as sighted by CodeBlue.
“To ensure compliance with this instruction, for your attention, the entry history from the MySejahtera application must be submitted with each on-call or Covid-19 allowance claim until such a time that will be informed later.
“Refusal to do this will cause those claims stated above to not be considered and disciplinary action can be taken against staff.”
Dr Abdul Ghani’s memo was titled: “Second reminder: Instruction on the use of the MySejahtera application for entry screenings by all staff at each department and unit at Kajang Hospital”.
MOH secretary-general Chen Chaw Min said in a June 18 letter that Health Minister Dr Adham Baba, at a June 10 post-Cabinet meeting, had urged all MOH staff to download the MySejahtera app to better control their travel to destinations like business premises, offices, restaurants, and public transport, so as to break Covid-19 transmission.
Chen added that patients and visitors at MOH facilities should also be ensured that they register and download MySejahtera.
“Recorded data is protected under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and can only be used for purposes of contact tracing by MOH alone,” he said in his June 18 letter, as sighted by CodeBlue, to all division secretaries or directors, state health department directors, and institution directors at MOH.
Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement yesterday that MySejahtera users’ personal information is protected under the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010. The PDPA does not, however, apply to government bodies, only commercial entities. The Health DG also said all check-in data collected on MySejahtera is archived for 30 days and will be destroyed after 90 days.