KOTA KINABALU: Healthcare practitioners have been told to focus on providing quality service and avoid sharing fake news that paint a bad image of Malaysia.
Ministry of Health secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min said acknowledging unconfirmed viralled news would only harm the country's economy.
"This is not good because as Malaysians, we should not put down our own country. As healthcare providers, we must play our part in enhancing our spirit of patriotism and continue to provide better service to the people.
"As this year is the year of delivery, we must also emphasise on discipline. Recently, the Chief Secretary to the Goverent touched on disiplinary issue among civil servants who have been missing in action especially under the ministry."
He said this at the Sabah Health Department's award presentation ceremony here. Also present was state health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi.
Chen said there were housemen who did not turn up at work, adding the ministry is looking at ways to tackle the matter.
"Last year, we introduced a housemenship contract so those with poor discipline or no longer interested (in housemenship), will not be absorbed and their contract will not be renewed," he said.
At the event, Chen presented certificates of appreciation to over 700 doctors and nurses as well as retirees for their excellent service.