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,…

Pakar kesal kerajaan dilihat kurang prihatin terhadap isu kanak-kanak

Pelbagai pihak berkepentingan menyambut baik cadangan pakar kesihatan agar kerajaan menubuhkan kementerian khusus untuk kanak-kanak. Bekas pesuruhjaya Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (Suhakam) James Nayagam berkata terdapat pelbagai isu mengenai kanak-kanak, termasuk buli siber, buli di sekolah, kehamilan dan pengguguran dalam kalangan remaja, gengsterisme dan kesihatan mental. “Sekurang-kurangnya 3,000 kanak-kanak terjejas dengan isu-isu seperti ini…