Ministry of Health (Malaysia), Putrajaya, Malaysia
Datuk Dr. Norhayati binti Rusli is the Deputy Director General of Health (Public Health), Ministry of Health Malaysia and was appointed as a Board Member of SOCSO representing the Ministry of Health Malaysia. She obtained her Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Malaya and subsequently a Master of Public Health from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Datuk Dr. Norhayati binti Rusli is a Public Health Physician and has been appointed as the first Health Officer of Kuala Lumpur International Ariport (KLIA) Health Office before joining the Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia. During her service at KLIA Health Office, she contributed to several achievements for KLIA Health Office and among others is the recognition of the World Health Organization (WHO) as the first International point of entry in Malaysia that complies with all the requirements of health capacity and capability under the International Health Regulation (IHR) 2005.
Besides, she also actively involved in coordinating preventive and control measures of infectious diseases at the point of entry such as during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic 2003, pandemic influenza in 2009. After joining Control Disease Division KKM, she continued her excellence in contributing to the good image of Malaysia internationally. Among her great contributions are, Malaysia’s recognition as one of the countries that has successfully met all health needs under the IHR, 2005 by WHO and she is also one of the pioneers of the ASEAN Emergency Operation Centre (ASEAN EOC) network initiative that has been praised at the WHO level in Manila and Geneva and subsequently set an example for other WHO regional countries. She is also actively involved in managing preparedness, and response to the epidemic and national disaster in Malaysia such as Sg Kim Kim chemical contamination (2019), Measles outbreak in Kelantan (2019), Polio outbreak in Sabah (2019) and Pandemic COVID-19 in 2019 – 2020.