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 –…

No child’s play

Parents can play a big role in their children’s digital life, writes Balqis Lim Digital media has also allowed children to be in constant contact with their friends. CHILDREN today are growing up with technology, such as smartphones, tablets and gaming devices. In this era of digital technology, children are missing out on a whole…

Stopping pneumococcus

It starts out with the fever and chills. There may be some coughing and chest pain, possibly also difficulty in breathing. As a parent, you are naturally really anxious and worried about your sick child, but you probably think it’s just the flu. More likely than not, your family doctor will come to a similar…

MPA’s Childhood Growth Promotion Campaign

  MPA’s Nationwide Childhood Growth Screening & Counselling Campaign Our National Health & Morbidity Surveys 2006 and 2016 present some sobering insights on the growth of under 5-year-olds: The prevalence of stunting increased from 17.0% to 20.7% (2 in 10 children) Underweight rose from 12.9% in 2006 to 13.7% in 2016 (over 1 in 10…

Safe sleeping mode for babies

YOUNG children, especially those under five years of age, are “fragile” and vulnerable to many risks. In recent years, we have become increasingly aware that some small children die as a result of suffocation while sleeping with their parents. This is a tragic event and one that can be easily prevented. As parents need to…

#IAMHADIZA

When a patient dies under a doctor’s care, the doctor has to be held accountable. But what if that doctor was overworked, her department was understaffed and the computer system had broken down? This is what happened to Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba in 2011, when a six-year-old boy, Jack Adcock, died under her care in Leicester…

Ketahui, Fahami Diabetes jenis 1

Ibu bapa, guru perlu bantu pesakit kanak-kanak, remaja jalani hidup lebih yakin Nor Hatina Shuib Kurang pemahaman terhadap penyakit diabetes jenis 1 menyebabkan kebanyakan pesakit kanak-kanak dan remaja dikawal secara keterlaluan oleh segelintir ibu bapa dan guru. Kesannya, pesakit kurang keyakinan diri kerana bukan sahaja dikawal makan, tetapi mereka juga tidak digalakkan menyertai aktiviti harian…