The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is pleased that Malaysia will be represented and directly involved in the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the appointment of Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin as one of the five vice presidents of the World Health Assembly.
It is indeed an honour for Malaysia to be recognised and given a role in the development of global health policies.
The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the WHO, appoint the director-general, supervise financial policies, and review and approve proposed programme budgets.
With the appointment at this level, the health minister now has an obligation to uphold Malaysia’s reputation as a country with one of the best health care systems in the world.
There is no doubt that our health care system is still among the best in the world. However, many would agree that it is ageing, and that there is still a lot of room for improvement, as clearly evidenced during the two-and-a-half years of the pandemic.
With the ministry’s planned White Paper to be tabled in parliament soon, the health minister now has the opportunity to carry out the reforms needed to cement Malaysia’s position as a top class health care provider.
Dr Koh Kar Chai is president of the Malaysian Medical Association.
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