Medical Speak: Separating vaccine facts from fiction

By Musa Mohd Nordin The Greeks (429 BC) first observed that those who survived small pox did not get re-infected (immune memory). Buddhist nuns (900 AD) pounded the smallpox scabs (the antigen which stimulates the immune response) and practised variolation, where healthy people inhaled the powder to prevent against smallpox. Turkish physicians (1700 AD) used…

Vaccine-preventable diseases spike

KUALA LUMPUR: Misinformation about vaccines has led to a huge increase in vaccine-preventable diseases, with almost a 1,000% increase in the number of measles cases compared to five years ago. The number of measles cases jumped from 195 cases in 2013 to 1,934 cases last year, said the Health Ministry in a statement. From the…

Bill Gates: My ‘best investment’ turned $10 billion into $200 billion worth of economic benefit

Bill Gates and the return on investment in vaccinations from CNBC. Investing in global health organizations aimed at increasing access to vaccines created a 20-to-1 return in economic benefit, billionaire Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates told CNBC on Wednesday. Over the past two decades, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated “a bit more than $10 billion”…

NEBULISATION STATION PROGRAM

Objective of the program: • To support private hospitals and private clinics that treat paediatric patients to have a dedicated area for nebuliser service • To deliver a more pleasant experience for children with acute exacerbation Background of the program: • Paediatric patients and their carers endure emotional stress when receiving nebulisation treatment. • Malaysian…

Private hospitals to be ‘baby-friendly’

PUTRAJAYA: Private hospitals will be assisted in obtaining the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) accreditation, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. Dr Dzulkefly said the ministry was seeking to promote the BFHI among private hospitals, as only 19 out of 175 private hospitals in Malaysia had obtained the accreditation. All government hospitals, including 130…