Perseverance Pays… Keep on Advocating and Have Faith
Good Day and Salam Sejahtera to esteemed members of MPA, Friends and Colleagues! Selamat Hari Raya to all my Muslim colleagues! I hope the arrival of Syawal will bring better prospects and good news for us all in the healthcare system, particularly the paediatricians. My dear friends, this a soft reminder that we are just another five months away from our 44th MPA Annual Congress, which will be held from 12 to 14 October at KLCC.
The 44th MPA Congress
Our theme this year is “Hearts, Lungs and Minds”. Apart from dealing with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, we will also discuss the often-neglected part of mental health. Mental health has always taken the second seat, especially for children and adolescents. We need to address these issues in detail, and our scientific programme is aiming towards that, with exciting and latest news and development on mental health, suicide and autism. Please block your calendars on 12-14 October 2023.
Please accept my apologies for not starting the continuing education programme for our young doctors on time due to technical and human resource issues. Please be assured that this programme will begin by the middle of the year. As I mentioned in the previous BMPA, we will be resuming MPA Continuous Nursing Education Workshop after Hari Raya. As previously, we will do this in smaller towns to ensure our nurses, both in the district hospitals and clinics, will benefit. Our focus is only on the growth and nutrition of children, as well as vaccines and other common paediatric topics. This year, the workshop venue is De Palma Hotel Resort, Kuala Selangor, from 21 to 22 July 2023.
In late March, most of us were shocked when the authorities announced the exemption of liquid and gel nicotine from control under the Poisons Act 1952 to pave the way for tax on e-liquids with nicotine. It has derailed all our efforts to stop the use of tobacco and nicotine products. Our children are exposed to vape as it is no longer restricted and our generations to come will be addicted to this. Our hands are tied. However, we must continue to educate our young parents and children not to succumb to vape even though it will be available freely. We should not patronise any outlet that promotes vape or any products related to vape. We must be more aggressive in our campaign against vaping in schools. It is an uphill task, but we shall prevail, as the following good news tells us.
The High Court ruling on 8 April brought good news and encouragement that perseverance will eventually lead to victory. The judgement by Justice Datuk Noorin Badaruddin finally acknowledges what the Child Act 2001 and we have been “saying” all these years – that all children in Malaysia are protected and covered under the act and deserve our protection. So, I hope in a similar way that we will have another good news to rejoice in when we can get rid of tobacco and vape products from our shores. Perseverance pays.
Thank you for your continuous support. For my Muslim friends and colleagues, my Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri wishes to all of you.
Selva Kumar Sivapunniam