KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 2020: Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today spend some time off his busy Covid-19 managing schedule to carry out surgery on a patient.
“This morning I managed to squeeze in some time to perform a thyroidectomy for a patient diagnosed with right dominant multinodular goitre,” he said in a Facebook post.
The surgical procedure was to remove all or part of the thyroid gland of a patient suffering from thyroid gland disorders.
“Indeed it was refreshing to be in the operating room again to calm my ‘withdrawal symptoms’ and meet all my OT staff,” quipped Dr Noor Hisham.
He also expressed appreciation for the country’s Covid-19 frontliners and remind Malaysians to play their part in containing the pandemic.
“Each day brings new lessons and challenges for us to prepare for the worst, and I am amazed by the ingenuity, strength and creativity being demonstrated by our frontline workers.
“As the pandemic crisis unfolds, it has taught us many valuable lessons of unity and solidarity. The onus is on us to take all precautionary measures and maintain good personal hygiene.
“We are able to connect with each other better and continue to work to explore new ideas and innovations.
“We are in our recovery phase; however, the real challenge starts now for the rakyat to comply with the SOP. The rakyat can make the impossible possible as there is now hope and light at the end of the tunnel to end the Covid-19 transmission,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham became health director-general on March 1, 2013, and is also senior consultant surgeon in Breast, Endocrine and General Surgery at Hospital Putrajaya.