Even one polio case is an outbreak

The three-month-old infant from Tuaran, Sabah who contracted polio was under-immunised with polio vaccine and was thus not protected, says consultant paediatrician and clinical immunologist Datuk Dr Musa Mohd Nordin. According to the Malaysian National Immunisation Schedule, infants are to receive the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) at ages two months, three months and five months.…

Polio case area under watch

The Health Ministry is looking out for symptoms of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP), which shares the features of poliomyelitis, at the surrounding areas of the three-month-old boy’s house in Tuaran, Sabah, who was infected with polio, says Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. The Health Minister said that to contain the spread of the infection, the…

Case for mandatory vaccinations

THERE is a three-month old infant with a diagnosis of polio in the Intensive Care Unit of Hospital Tuaran in Sabah. This is the first native case in Malaysia since 1986. There are two issues that require systemic solutions – one, we need to raise our vaccination rates in the face of vaccine hesitancy, and…

Flu Prevention Is An Act Of Love

YABhg Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Hj Mohd Ali today urged Malaysian families to protect their most vulnerable members ­– young children and ageing parents – from the dangers of influenza (the flu) by getting them vaccinated against the disease. She was speaking at the launch of the ‘Flu Prevention is an Act of Love’ campaign organised…

Berita MPA Newsletter November 2019

Dear Esteemed Members of MPA, friends and colleagues, First, as the newly elected president of MPA for 2019-2021, I would like to thank ALL of you for entrusting me with the responsibility to lead MPA for the next two years. My heartiest gratitude to MPA immediate past-president Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Yazid Jalaludin and the Executive…

Interactive Session on Growth Journey with panellists

Monitoring Your Child’s Growth Is Just An App Away!

Parents can now measure, record and track their child’s growth patterns directly from their smartphones   On 27th November 2019, Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) in collaboration with Novo Nordisk Pharma (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Novo Nordisk) launched the Growth Journey™ app, an innovative growth tracking digital solution that places parents at the heart of their children’s…

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Do more to protect children

I READ with concern the statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail that seven states in Malaysia have refused to amend state enactments that would raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 years for Muslim girls. It is hoped that the government’s…