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The Ministry of Health (MOH) and Academy Medicine of Malaysia (AMM) recently held its 12th Scientific Meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, from 30 October – 1 November. Incorporating the 20th NIH Scientific Seminar and the 5th International Clinical Conference in Emergency Medicine (ICCEM), it welcomed 800 healthcare professionals – to an intensive and detailed programme, echoing a timely theme “Battling NCD – New Strategies”.

The Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) has launched a book that seeks to explain the rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs), essential medicines and education. Authors of the book urge Malaysians to understand international and local trade policies to advocate for a healthier nation.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) is considering certain measures in hopes to reduce the cost of private healthcare among the public. However, questions soon arise as to whether the reduced budget allocation in medical supplies and drugs could cater for better public healthcare, especially in tackling NCDs and rare diseases.

More evidence has surfaced for the positive impact of statins in a Malaysian study. Observing over nearly 49,000 patients in a ten-year period suggested that statins can rapidly reduce blood cholesterol levels. This in turn reduces risk of heart attack among local patients.

Singapore’s HSA warns against buying and consuming two illegal health products from Malaysia, namely Wan Ling Ren Sem Chin Kuo Pill and Chong Cao Dan—in light of two elderly Singaporean women who fell victim with worsened conditions after taking the “traditional Chinese medicines”.

A total of 842 illegal health and cosmetic products worth RM1.6 million were seized from January to October 2017, in Negeri Sembilan. Sibutramine, hydroquinone, tretinoin and mercury were found among these products.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently announced the 2018 Budget on 27 October. This year, nearly RM27 billion is allocated to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to build new hospitals and wards, promote heart health and create awareness about non-communicable diseases (NCD) nationwide. Plans to promote Malaysia as a hub for fertility treatment and cardiology in Asia are also in the pipeline.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has stressed that patient safety and infection control has always been their priority, with the full commitment of delivering quality medical services. This comes after recent reports alleged government hospitals are forced to reuse single-use and disposable devices due to a limited allocated budget. 

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.
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