THE RETURN TO NORMAL
The year 2022 stood out in stark but with positive contrast to prior years as Malaysia and indeed most of the world moved beyond COVID-19, embraced endemicity and exhibited resilience in getting back on track. Although global economic growth faltered slightly due to inflationary pressures and the wider effects of the ongoing Russian-Ukraine conflict, here in Malaysia, we saw the economy growing by 8.7%. This reflected the confidence that the public had in getting on with their lives on the back of the largely successful vaccination campaign carried out by the government.
With economic and social activities returning to almost pre-pandemic levels, industries that were affected during the pandemic have started to rebound. The healthcare industry has seen encouraging growth in 2022. For the KPJ Group specifically, I note that patients have returned in droves to our hospitals. Both inpatient and outpatient visits have improved to almost pre-pandemic levels.
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