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More volunteers among Malaysian healthcare professionals are required to meet priority needs of the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, as Malaysia staffs a 50-bed field hospital with 60 medical personnel under the Ministry of Health (MOH) on standby – in its effort to help the international humanitarian crisis.


Advocacy of mental health has risen in recent years – garnering global attention across various platforms. From print to social media; from royal figures to first ladies; from Hollywood celebrities to corporate professionals – they all echo one common message: greater awareness, effort and solutions are required to address the mental health stigma.


Bogus dentist, Nur Farahanis Ezatty Adli had her viral post backfired, when the Health Ministry and NGOs (PPIM and PPEIM) denied playing a role in her illegal dentistry practice and “jail-free” fundraising effort.


Malaysia Deputy Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya has highlighted that Malaysia is on track to achieving medical tourism revenue of RM1.15 billion by end of 2017 – with the solid support from local government and private healthcare sectors.


Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said that only 40% of local women undergo the pap smear and urged for more alternative methods for cancer treatment to be researched and proven scientifically. For instance, in Australia, it has been proven that screening for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is significantly better at detecting potential precancerous cells compared to the traditional pap smear.


Two weeks ago, there were news reported on Malaysian GPs expressing their views pertinent to pharmacies “taking business away” from their clinics – further iterating many pharmacies are now “assuming the jobs of doctors” by diagnosing patients. In an upclose-and-personal interview with Tn Haji Amrahi Buang, President of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS), we hear the other side of the story to the constant debate on “dispensing rights”—as we discuss the Pharmacy Bill and the urgency to fix the national healthcare system—to provide better services, geared towards a healthy society and community.


Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) is hoping for a bigger budget next year to meet the growing demand for public health services. Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam revealed that the RM23 billion allocation it received this year was not enough.


The Public Service Department (PSD) has been urged to review the salary scheme for medical officers (MOs) – both doctors and nurses – to encourage them to remain in Malaysia. This is due to a recent rise in the number of medical officers migrating abroad for higher salaries.


The Malaysian Cabinet has approved government-use licences to bring in generics of Sofosbuvir – Hepatitis C treatment – amidst Gilead’s current licensing deal. This is in line with the efforts to present more affordable treatment options in the country.


UNAIDS, a regional data hub, and Malaysia’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) have launched a joint web platform that aims to strengthen the generation of strategic information and the use of national, subnational and key population data for evidence-informed programming on 13 September, at the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health.


Dr John Teo, a Sabah-based obstetrician and gynaecologist, has called upon authorities to revise the Sexual Offences Against Children Act. He urged for the inclusion of a “sweetheart defence” clause and stressed on the importance of educating our youth.
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Artificial intelligence: A friend or foe – this next digital frontier is changing the medical industry

The commercialisation of machine learning and big data has catapulted artificial intelligence (AI) to the forefront of healthcare and life sciences – and is all geared up to change how the industry diagnoses and treats disease. The new digital frontier is also backed by studies proving its efficacy, demonstrating its effectiveness and usefulness. Although this might appear as a good news to some – some doctors have echoed reservations concerning the development of AI within the healthcare industry.