Paediatricians Warn Terengganu Of Maternal, Infant Deaths With Pregnancy Criminalisation

The Malaysian Paediatric Association says criminalising pregnancy and childbirth may increase maternal and infant mortality, with unsafe abortions and baby dumping. The Terengganu state government’s move to criminalise pregnancy and childbirth for unmarried Muslim women under Shariah law may increase maternal and infant mortality, paediatricians said. The Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) pointed out that some…

Paediatricians urges authorities to provide reproductive education, prevent unintended teen pregnancies

The Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) has called on the relevant authorities to provide a comprehensive life and reproductive education and information programme to adolescents to prevent unintended teen pregnancies. It said research has shown that such a programme could decrease high-risk sexual behaviour and increase the age when a person becomes sexually active. Resorting to…

Make Health A Key Election Issue – Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, Dr Yap Wei Aun & Asst Prof Dr Farhan Mohammad Rusli

Malaysia used to be an over-performer in health, but in recent years, Malaysia is increasingly trailing behind Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. In an earlier paper titled “The White Paper: Health is Wealth”, we enumerated the daunting challenges to our health system. In the ensuing article, we discussed the key determinants of the transformation of…

Mental disorders among the young on the rise

THE prevalence of mental disorders among children in the country is worrying, say experts. In fact, the 2019 National Health Morbidity Survey (NHMS) revealed that one in 20 children in Malaysia aged five to nine are estimated to have mental disorders including developmental disorders. Consultant paediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist Dr N. Thiyagar said depression,…

Berita MPA Newsletter August 2022

  Basics of Child Health – Nutrition & Hygiene Dear Members of MPA, friends and colleagues, Merdeka Greetings! And Salam Sejahtera! We will celebrate the 65th anniversary of our country’s independence with the theme of “Malaysian Family – Strong Together”. We have had an outstanding and firm healthcare service for the last six decades. However,…