Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has been named one of "the world's top doctors" by a Chinese news network for his straightforward approach in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic
China Global TV Network (CGTN) has given a nod of acknowledgement to Malaysia's Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham as one of the three leading doctors tackling the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, alongside America's Dr Anthony Fauci and New Zealand's Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
Dr Fauci is the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAD), while Dr Bloomfield is New Zealand's health ministry's director-general.
"None of them are cabinet ministers but all three have emerged as the face of their country's response to COVID-19," said CGTN.
The three of them were commended for weeks of calm and clarity in doling out facts and information during this health crisis
CGTN reported that since the outbreak began, they have become household names in their respective countries, and their daily press briefings have incidentally become "must-watch TV" in the past few months.
Dr Noor Hisham has become a "trusted face" to Malaysians due to his consistent updates on the coronavirus on multiple social media platforms, as well as the fact that he only informs the public, even into the wee hours of the morning, with verified data and credible sources.
According to New Straits Times, CGTN also said 56-year-old Dr Noor Hisham's "low-key image and unassuming air" was part of his appeal as a trusted figure, and unbeknownst to many, he has been the Health director-general since 2013.
Dr Fauci and Dr Bloomfield have also been reassuring and credible figures in their countries, and have received extensive praise and attention from the public
According to The Star, both men have been consistently keeping their countries updated, give interviews whenever possible, and work long hours into the night.
Dr Fauci, who is 79 years old, is reported to be working nearly 16 to 18 hours a day for the past few weeks, giving rise to concern from American citizens people whenever they do not see him during a White House briefing.
Meanwhile, Dr Bloomfield has been applauded for his "diligent and clear" responses when speaking with the press, with many petitioning for him to be named as "New Zealander of the Year".
Dr Noor Hisham too has received tons of love and praise from fellow Malaysians in the past few weeks
Every post that he makes on his Facebook or Twitter account have been flooded with hundreds of comments from admirers and grateful Malaysians thanking him for his hardwork and effort in curbing the spread of the virus.
"Congratulations Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. Every afternoon I will stick myself to the TV to watch your press conference. I wonder how do you memorise the figures and facts, and give short and simple answers all on the spot," a Facebook user praised.
"Alhamdulillah. Congratulations, Datuk and all the frontliners. I hope you all will always be well and be given strength and patience in handling this outbreak," said another user.
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