The Malaysian Insider
The Health Ministry is rebuilding 11 rural clinics in Kelantan which were destroyed in the floods last December with an RM200 million allocation from the federal government.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Mosquito borne diseases are taking arole in the health of Malaysians as some 200 additional cases are reported on a daily basis and two out of three malaria in the country are derived from monkeys, according to health officials.
As of Friday, the Malaysia Health Ministry has reported 45,284 dengue fever cases in 2015. Of that total, 136 fatalities ( as of May 16) due to the virus have been documented.
In addition, just six months after we reported that 68 percent of malaria hospitalizations in Malaysia were due to infection with Plasmodium knowlesi,health officials report sixty-six per centor 2,584 out of 3,923 malaria cases reported in the country derived from monkey (zoonotic) malaria.
And that trend continues into 2015 according to Head of Health Ministry’s Vector-Borne Disease Sector Dr Rose Nani Mudin. She said in the firstof this year, 356 cases, or 67.6 per cent of the 527 cases of malaria were detected to be derived from monkeys.
news is the total malaria burden in the country has dropped significantly in recent decades, from the 10s of thousands in the 1990s to just under 4,000 last year.
Plasmodium knowlesi, “the fifth human malaria”, is mostly found is mostly found in South East Asian countries particularly in Borneo, Malaysia,, the Philippines, , and Thailand.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Dr Hilmi added that it was necessary to ensure the migrants were free from diseases like tuberculosis and leptospirosis. – Bernama
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 ― The Health Ministry, Foreign Ministry and National Security Council will jointly hold discussions to address the entry of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar who landed in Langkawi last Sunday.
Health Minister Datuk Seri S.Subramaniam said at present the government had yet to make a decision on the status of these illegals but had given them appropriate humanitarian aid.
"Clinics and hospitals in Langkawi have also prepared for any eventualities concerning the health issues of these illegals," he told reporters before launching the "My Home" programme here today.
He said so far there were no health cases or infectious diseases involving these illegals being reported.
His ministry also had yet to plan any health screenings or check-up on all the foreign immigrants, he said.
Friday, May 08, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 — The higher risk of women dying during pregnancy or in childbirth in Malaysia compared to Singapore is because of teen pregnancies and child marriage, activists said today.
Social activist Azrul Mohd Khalib said the government’s push for pro-abstinence sex education has resulted in the rise of teen pregnancies and child marriages, which affects the girls’ maternal health.
“If you look at countries that have been pushing for pro-abstinence like Uganda and other African countries, you can see there is an increase in the mother’s mortality rate,” Azrul told Malay Mail Online today.
Azrul said teen mothers face a greater risk of dying during pregnancy or in childbirth, as they are too young to give birth, or they give birth to too many children in a short span of time without proper medical care.
“If they are married at the age of 15 to 18 and immediately give birth in numbers, this can cause death as well,” he added.
The State of the World’s Mothers 2015 report by international children’s rights group Save the Children released on Monday showed that one in 1,600 women in Malaysia are at risk of maternal death, nine times higher than Singapore’s at one in 13,900.
The report also showed that a child born in Malaysia is three times more likely to die before turning five compared to Singapore, with the child mortality rate here at 8.5 per 1,000 births, while Singapore’s is 2.8 per 1,000 births.
Local daily The Star reported last December United Nations resident coordinator in Malaysia, Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, as expressing concern over child marriage, saying that based on the 2010 consensus, 80,000 married women in Malaysia were between 15 and 19 years of age, while there were 70,000 young married men.
According to the Health Ministry, 16,528 teen pregnancies were recorded last year based on the number of adolescents that registered at government clinics. On average, there are around 50 teen pregnancies a day, with three-quarters involving married teens.
The Health Ministry’s statistics showed an increase in teen pregnancies from 18,652 cases in 2011 to 18,847 cases in 2012, but a drop after to 16,528 cases last year.
However, Dr Raj Abdul Karim, Asia director of Women Deliver, a global group advocating girls’ and women’s health and rights, said the government statistics do not necessarily reflect the actual number of cases as they only rely on registered government sources like public clinics and government health organisations.
“If you look at it properly, there are a lot more unregistered places like certain private institutions that people actually turn to,” she told Malay Mail Online.
Dr Raj said strict government policies on family planning that only allow contraceptives to be given to married couples have contributed to the country’s decline in maternal health and a rise in teen pregnancies.
“This service is not available to unmarried girls who are sexually active. Hence they either go to private clinics or are more likely to have unprotected or unsafe sex resulting in unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortions, STIs or HIV and AIDS.
“Thus resulting in a decline in maternal health or maternal mortality,” she added.
Dr Raj also said religion should not prevent people especially married couples from family planning, like Islam only forbids the use of contraceptives for those unmarried.
“We should emphasise that religion should not stop you from family planning or the use of contraceptives.
“Even Islam allows the use of contraceptives but does not condone permanent methods like sterilisation. Also Islam allows family planning only for married individuals, not unmarried unless it is for medical or health reasons,” she added.
Regional women’s NGO Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (Arrow) executive director Sivananthi Thanenthiran said maternal deaths in Malaysia have been increasing in proportion to the growing number of teen pregnancies.
“There is a lack of family planning efforts compared to the 1970s and 1980s, as well as a lack of access to services for women in Sabah and Sarawak, migrant women workers and even indigenous women,” Sivananthi added, when contacted.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Although the Malaysia Health Ministry has not updated the dengue fever death toll in two weeks (remains at 117), the country’s total case count has exceeded 40,000 as of May 2 after an additional 179 cases were reported on that day.
To date, Malaysia has seen 40,007 dengue fever cases with 23,376 cases reported from Selangor state alone.
Saturday, May 02, 2015
Kota Kinabalu: Some 1,400 people in remote Kg Terian near the Crocker Range Park need not have to walk for hours anymore to get medical treatment.
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa's construction of a concrete two-storey clinic is running on schedule and due for completion in July.
"When the construction of this clinic is completed, the villagers living around this area can finally get easy access to medical advice and health-care. They have had to endure hours of walking just to get basic health care in the past," said the resort's general manager, Andrew den Oudsten, who visited the site recently.
He is happy with the progress of the construction.
The construction of Kampung Terian's clinic is one of the resort's corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects, which it undertakes yearly to assist the local community.
"We are working closely with Mercy Malaysia (also known as Medical Relief Society Malaysia) to build and equip this health clinic for the villagers," he said. The clinic comprises a consultation room downstairs and living quarters for the nurses and visiting doctors upstairs.
The resort is also working closely with its business partners and friends to provide these villages with basic medical facilities. Once completed, the clinic will be handed over to the Ministry of Health. While he was there, den Oudsten and his team distributed bars of soap made in the hotel, under another CSR initiative "Soap For Hope".
Friday, May 01, 2015
MALAYSIA – The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) Medical Travel Awards 2015 has named Malaysia as “Medical Travel Destination of the Year”, further boosting the country’s medical tourism sector.
Malaysia won the award, which was handed at the Royal Garden Hotel in London, based on all-round excellence in promoting inbound medical tourism, verified statistics of yearly growth in medical tourists served, evidence of high levels of patient satisfaction and coordinated activities that delivered an increase in medical tourism.
Sherene Azura Azli, the CEO of Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) received the award in London. MHTC was established in 2009 under the Ministry of Health to develop and promote Malaysia’s healthcare travel industry.
A total of 13 awards in four categories (Healthcare Provider and Agency, Marketing, Quality and Service, and Overall Achievement) were handed out at the ceremony.
Malaysia’s private hospitals received several awards during the event, namely Excellence in Customer Service (Gleneagles Hospital, Kuala Lumpur), Best Quality Initiative of the Year (Imperial Dental Specialist Centre), Best Travel Website of the Year (Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare), International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of the Year (Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre), and International Dental Clinic of the Year (Imperial Dental Specialist Centre).
Besides that, two hospitals also came in as the most Highly Commended hospitals.
The Imperial Dental Specialist Centre and the Prince Court Medical Centre, also came in as the most Highly Commended hospitals for their travel website and customer service, respectively.
Organised by the IMTJ, which was established in 2007, the annual IMTJ Medical Travel Awards is a prestigious award that recognises innovation, excellence and best practices in the medical travel and medical tourism sector. It is judged by an independent panel of medical travel experts.
Malaysia, as one of Asia’s most recognized developing countries, has immense potential in an increasingly important sector – medical tourism.
Healthcare in Malaysia under the responsibility of the government’s Ministry of Health has an efficient and widespread system of health care, operating a two-tier health care system consisting of both a government-run universal healthcare system and a co-existing private healthcare system. – BusinessNewsAsia.com