Compulsory vaccination for newborns being considered

THE Health Ministry is considering making vaccination for newborns compulsory following the return of preventable diseases such as tuberculosis (TB). Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the government was considering the move due to the increasing number of parents rejecting immunisation and the spread of TB among foreign workers in Malaysia. “In general, vaccines…

RM60mil for pneumococcal vaccination programme ‘a real investment in public health’, say experts

The RM60mil allocation for pneumococcal vaccine to be included into the National Immunisation Programme (NIP) marks the end of the struggle of paediatricians and parents who have been demanding for the coverage for all children, says consultant paediatrician and neonatologist Datuk Dr Musa Mohd Nordin. In a joint open letter with MyHealth Outreach health activist…

Pemberian vaksin pneumokokal keputusan bijak tingkat kesihatan anak

Pemberian vaksin pneumokokal keputusan bijak tingkat kesihatan anak

Peruntukan berjumlah RM60 juta untuk vaksin pneumokokal kepada semua sebagai keputusan bijak kerajaan menurunkan jumlah kematian dan pelbagai penyakit membabitkan sistem pernafasan dalam kalangan kanak-kanak. Pemberian vaksin itu juga berupaya menjimatkan kos perubatan secara langsung dan tidak langsung sepanjang tempoh lima tahun dengan anggaran berjumlah RM488 juta. Pakar Pediatrik dan Neonatologi, Datuk Dr Musa Mohd…

Pregnant? ‘But we only did it once’

PETALING JAYA: “We only did it once.” That apparently is what most young girls would say when they found out they are pregnant. “They are not aware of what they have done and they always tell us ‘we only did it once’, ” said Shahida Musa, the deinstitutionalise manager of OrphanCare, a not-for-profit foundation that helps…

Wan Azizah launches campaign to curb baby dumping

Dr Wan Azizah launches the campaign to curb baby dumping. Bernama Photo SEPANG: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today launched a campaign to curb baby dumping which she said is a serious issue that must be addressed immediately. She said 577 cases of baby dumping were recorded in the four…

Time Orang Asli are treated with respect

LETTER | It is regrettable that we have to learn from tragedy. The deaths of several villagers from the Orang Asli Bateq tribe in Gua Musang, Kelantan including the death of a toddler from a measles outbreak could have been prevented had more effective, structured vaccination programmes been carried out. It was learnt that the…

Strategies to help Orang Asli

THE announcement by the Health Ministry that it was measles which killed 15 Orang Asli from the Kuala Koh Bateq community reveals the healthcare situation for our indigenous people, “Mystery solved: It is measles” (The Star, June 18). During the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), many Orang Asli villages were moved into settlements on the fringes of…

Outbreak is a ‘wake-up’ call

PUTRAJAYA: The common measles, combined with a fragile im­mune system and severe malnutrition, have been cited in the possible deaths of 15 Orang Asli of Kampung Kuala Koh in Gua Musang, says the Health Ministry. But health authorities are concerned that only a handful of the Orang Asli have received the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccination needed…