SANTUBONG (Bernama) – The complex occurrence of incidents and disasters including the mysterious disappearance of Flight MH370 and the shooting down of Flight MH17 are really challenging the ability and competency of those involved in the rescue operations.
Malaysian Society for Traumatology and Emergency Medicine (MASTEM) president, Prof Datuk Seri Dr Abu Hassan Asaari Abdullah
said most of these officers had never been involved in such a situation before and were mainly engaged in managing care for the injured or deceased.
Dr Abu Hassan was speaking at a press conference after he officiated at the International Conference on Major Incident and Disaster Management organised by MASTEM at a resort.
As such, he said, the conference focused on the situations and high profile cases such as the Flight MH17 crash and the missing MH370, bus accident in Genting, ferry tragedies, and the intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah with focus on the psychological aspects.
“Taking a lesson from these tragedies, we are holding this conference to improve skills among the participants who come from all over the world and the relevant agencies such as the Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Department, police and non-governmental bodies such as the Malaysian Red Crescent Society and St John Ambulance.”