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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.


Representatives of the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) have strongly defended Johor’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital after a fatal accident led to certain tabloids pointing fingers at the hospital’s supposed inefficient treatment and negligence.
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The puzzling origin of the smallpox vaccine

Since its first inception by the father of vaccination, Edward Jenner, smallpox has been successfully eradicated from the world in 1980. The vaccine has saved countless lives from succumbing to smallpox, and though its success is acknowledged, little is known about its composition. New findings show that smallpox vaccine is made up of horsepox – not cowpox, as originally believed.