Berita MPA Newsletter August 2017

From the President REFLECTIONS…and moving forward Dear comrades, Our next Annual General meeting is during our 39th Annual Congress in October. With that my tenure as the President of MPA comes to an end. How do I feel? Relieved? Yes. Huge relieve from replying the avalanche of emails I receive! Disappointed? A little. Feel let-down that most state subcommittees are still inactive…

Dengue Vaccine in Malaysia

8 November 2016 I refer to the Sun Daily report dated 3 Nov 2016 which headlined “Govt yet to approve dengue vaccine due to lack of info: Subra” http://www.thesundaily.my/node/405930 Historically, Malaysia was foremost to document Dengue Fever (DF) in 1902 and Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) in1962. It would have been another feather in our national…

Berita MPA Newsletter February 2017

From the President Work Inclusively With MPA… Happy New Year dear members, The Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) looks forward to a better and properous 2017. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all MPA committee members for the assistence and cooperation rendered throughout the year 2016. I also want to thank non-committee members who…

Joint Statement – International Policy Statement for Universal Use of Kangaroo Mother Care for Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants

Dear IPA Member Societies, Greetings from International Pediatric Association !! We are pleased to inform you that the, 4 International Joint Statements was released on 15th February 2017 at Malawi. These statements are supported and endorsed by IPA and other international health care professionals. Here is the link to the joint statements. IPA  encourages each pediatrician…

Vaccination not mandatory – Dr Subramaniam

KUALA LUMPUR: Vaccination will not be made compulsory for the time being but there is a need to further educate parents on the importance of having their children immunised, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. Noting that not all matters could be enforced by law, he said nevertheless, awareness on vaccination to prevent…

Earlier vaccinations for babies

By Tharanya Arumugam KUALA LUMPUR: Babies will be vaccinated for measles as early as 9 months effective from April following a sharp rise in the number of measles cases in the country. Health deputy director-general (Public Health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the Health Ministry would bring forward the first dose of measles–mumps– rubella…

Doctors say move is based on sound science

KUALA LUMPUR: The move by the Health Ministry to change its measles vaccination schedule is welcomed by medical experts. Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Ashok Zachariah Philip said immunising infants with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 9 months, followed by a second dose at 12 months, would ensure a wider coverage of immunity.…

Anti-Vaccination Websites Use ‘Distorted’ Science, Researchers Find

5 November 2015 Many websites that promote unscientific views about vaccinations use pseudoscience and misinformation to spread the idea that vaccines are dangerous, according to a new study. For example, of the nearly 500 anti-vaccination websites examined in the study, nearly two-thirds claimed that vaccines cause autism, the researchers found. However, multiple studies have shown…