Monday, December 16, 2013

Ministry’s TV on healthy lifestyle to go on air in 2015

BALIK PULAU, Dec 15 — The Health Ministry’s television channel to raise awareness among the people on a healthy lifestyle is expected to go on air in 2015.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the contents would include dramas, bulletins and talk shows on health to send the people the message in an interactive manner.
“We have MedikTV now but its broadcast is restricted to hospitals. We propose to have an open health channel free for all the people to watch,” he told reporters after launching a cooperatives carnival and a health campaign for his Balik Pulau parliamentary constituency, here.
Hilmi said a special committee would be formed to make an in-depth study of the programmes suitable for the health channel to make it an effective disseminator of information.
He also said that the ministry was monitoring the online advertisements on slimming and beauty products which did not meet the specified standards.
 “Sometimes, the companies send samples for the ministry’s approval but sell other products to their customers,” he said, adding that the ministry was focusing more on this aspect of the problem.
Hilmi advised the people not to be influenced into buying slimming pills which promise fast results as they could contain more than the permissible level of steroids that could raise blood pressure and the pulse rate and lead to muscle cramps.
“Consumers should ensure that every product they buy has the holographic logo certified by the ministry. They should lodge a report if they had doubts about a product,” he said. — Bernama

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