Recently, the National Heart Association of Malaysia published an updated clinical practice guideline on the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in order to encompass modern developments and an increase in information about the potential causation of CVD.

The Dewan Rakyat was told that staff from the Ministry of Health (MOH) have been “running their office like a cartel” when it comes to issuing or renewing licences for privately-run dialysis centres. The ministry has promised to look into these allegations and assures that the matter will be probed.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has announced the distribution of 500 well-equipped ambulances to hospitals and clinics around Malaysia. This move aims to optimise emergency medical care services and the patient care system.

On 7 August, there are no new reported cases of rabies infection in Sarawak, affirmed Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. Perak has also been declared as “rabies-controlled”. In line with precautionary measures, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has contributed 25,000 doses of rabies vaccine to help Malaysia fight the outbreaks in Sarawak and Perak.

Two non-Malaysians in Sabah have been diagnosed with whooping cough and put in isolation at Keningau Hospital, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam. Authorities are saying this is not a cause for concern as the incident is remote.

The rise of infectious diseases in the country has led the Health Ministry to implement various measures to combat its spread. Despite this, Malaysians are projected to live longer according to recent figures from the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).

Celebrating a significant milestone, the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM) has recently concluded its 25th annual congress. Held at Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur – from 27 to 30 July – the congress welcomed 856 delegates, both local and international. The congress also witnessed a series of hands-on workshops, back-to-back enriching lectures, insightful public health forums and conducive private subspecialty meets—all lined-up to empower our ob-gyn specialists.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has called for the increase of the number of family medicine specialists to achieve a target of having at least one to three specialists for every health clinic. It has also increased efforts to reduce the bed occupancy rate (BOR) by expanding their cluster hospital pilot project to more state hospitals.

As an alternative to curb identity fraud and tackle the spread of communicable diseases in the country – a biometric fingerprint system will be implemented in thousands of clinics and X-ray centres by October this year, according to Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali.

Cementing their long-term relationship with Malaysia, MEBO International launched their joint initiative with United Nations – “Every Woman Every Child China Partnership Network (EWECCPN) Life Regenerative Action Programme” – in our home country to tackle pertinent issues relating to women and children.

Between 2010 and 2016, approximately 700 babies were dumped and relevant authorities say the lack of sex education is to blame. The Ministry of Health (MOH) is also urged to improve access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, including contraceptives, as Malaysia's usage of contraceptives is below the Southeast Asian average.