Health authorities monitoring JE situation in Sarawak

KUCHING: Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is endemic in Sarawak, but the situation is being closely monitored by the authorities, according to Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health Ministry and the Sarawak Health Department were keeping a close watch, he added that for the period between January and June 23, there were a total of…

Health Ministry wants to end ‘toxic work culture’

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (left) with Sultan Nazrin Muizzudin Shah (centre) at the Malaysian Medical Association annual dinner banquet on Saturday. -Bernama KUALA LUMPUR: The “toxic work culture” of healthcare practitioners, has to end, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. The Health Ministry is looking into ways to reduce the workload of its staff, especially junior…

Eye-Opening Vaccine Advocacy Workshop

What would you be doing if you didn’t end up being a paediatrician? Dr Thiyagar Nadarajaw, Prof Wan Ariffin Abdullah and Datuk Dr Soo Thian Lian have a pretty good idea. They took to the stage and played out their dream roles to perfection – as a busy minister of health, an intrepid reporter, and…

Gen Y – Can They Make A Difference?

In Part 2 of our MPA Congress preview dialogue, Dr Zahilah Filzah finds out from Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail if the Gen Y are into social paediatrics as much as the Gen Wise. In Part 2 of our MPA Congress preview dialogue, Dr Zahilah Filzah finds out from Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail if the Gen…

Talents needed to sort out issues in healthcare

THERE are major and pressing issues within the Health Ministry (MOH) that need to be addressed, among them the dwindling budget allocation for health (2% of GDP in the public sector), shortage of hospital beds, lack of synergy between the ministry and the private healthcare sector, incessant complaints from junior doctors due to a “toxic…

Pneumococcal Vaccine: Will The New Government Keep Its Promise?

Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto for GE14 promised to provide compulsory pneumococcal vaccination to all children below two years old under the National Immunisation Programme (NIP). For paediatricians who have been fighting for this since 2005, the goal finally seems to be within reach. Datuk Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, consultant paediatrician and neonatologist, explains how the value…

Marginalised Children – Addressing The Needs

 What can we expect from this year’s MPA Congress? Dr Zahilah Filzah chats with Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail about the theme, ‘Marginalised Children – Addressing the Needs’ and more.  What can we expect from this year’s MPA Congress? Dr Zahilah Filzah chats with Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail about the theme, ‘Marginalised Children –…