Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor Bahru

Monday, March 28, 2005

Dr Ismail Merican is new Health Ministry Sec-Gen

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Dr Ismail Merican has been appointed as Health Ministry director-general following the retirement of Tan Sri Dr Mohamad Taha Arif.

Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek, who announced this Monday, said the appointment was effective March 5, adding that Dr Ismail would serve for two years.

"He is both an administrator and clinician and has represented the ministry in many international conferences. He has a lot of experience," he told reporters after opening the 20th Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress.

Dr Ismail, whose most recent posting was deputy director-general of health in charge of research and technical support, came under media spotlight two years ago for his daily briefings of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) situation in the country.


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