Malaysia is now the fattest country in SE Asia, says Liow

Friday January 18, 2013



PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is the fattest country in South-East Asia with its obesity rate on the rise, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.


“This is not a glorious title. We are outweighing our Asean neighbours and number six in the whole of Asia – behind some Middle Eastern countries,” said the Health Minister.


Citing statistics from the National Health and Morbidity Surveys, Liow said 15.1% of Malaysians aged 18 and above were suffering from obesity as of 2011.


“This is an increase from the 14% figure of the same demographic in 2006,” he pointed out.


It was also reported that over 2.6 million adults were obese while over 477,000 children below the age of 18 years were overweight.


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Healthcare boost for Sabah folk

Monday December 24, 2012


KOTA KINABALU: All five 1Malaysia clinics in Sabah will be open by the end of the week, bringing the total number to 23 statewide.


Assistant State Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad said the clinics located in Kampung Likas, Tanjung Aru, Kepayan and Telipok here and in southwestern Sipitang were in the final stages of completion.


She said this after officially opening the Kampung Likas 1Malaysia clinic yesterday.


“More 1Malaysia clinics will be built next year, including in Beau-fort, Kinabatangan, Kota Belud, Lahad Datu, Pitas, Sandakan and Tenom.”


Jainab said 1Malaysia clinics were not just being built in rural areas but also urban locations as many people there need access to affordable healthcare, too.


“Many are in the low-income group and they need help because of the higher cost of living.


“Such clinics will help reduce the financial burden of these people who include the disabled and single mothers,” she said.


Sabah Health Department deputy director Dr Jamail Muhi said that people would receive quality healthcare for a minimal fee of RM1, including medication.


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Dr Yee: Healthy social activities a good way to reduce rising number of suicide cases

Friday, December 28, 2012

Stories by R.S.N. MURALI


MALACCA: Suicide rates in Malaysia are on the rise. According to the National Suicide Registry Malaysia’s (NSRM), there were 445 suicides as reported.


Out of that figure, 347 were men and 98 women while the highest number of suicides occurred by those between 30 and 39 years old (109), followed by those between 20 and 29 age bracket (108).


Dr Yee Kok Wah was speaking at the Happy Line Dancing Christmas celebration here at the main stage of Jonker Walk, said the Health Ministry also reported that an average of seven people, mainly youths and young adults, end their own lives on a daily basis that tabulates to an estimated 140 people attempting suicide each day.


“National statistics also show that men outnumber women by three to one, while the Chinese had the highest number of suicides at 48%, followed by Indians (21%), Malays (18%) and other races (13%).


“I believe there are lot more people in despair and in need of emotional support,” Dr Yee said.


He said there is a great need to create awareness and healthy activities and line dancing is indeed a good avenue for such people to release tension and mix about socially to eradicate or reduce their personal problems.


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Don: More youngsters suffering from diabetes

Sunday December 23, 2012


UALA LUMPUR: Some 300,000 young people in the country are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), according to Universiti Sains Malaysia endocrinologist Prof Datuk Dr Wan Mohamad Bebakar.


He said the number was expected to increase as the number of T2DM patients worldwide was expected to almost double from the current 230 million to 440 million by 2030.


He said this meant the risks were higher for more young people to suffer from diabetes complications.


“The fact is 20.8% of the Malaysians are suffering from T2DM right now, 5% of whom are young people aged between 20 and 25.


“The percentage is clearly bigger than in the United States which only recorded 2% of young people suffering from T2DM,” he said .


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Government shoring up three main areas of healthcare system

Saturday December 15, 2012


KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is shoring up three main areas of the national public healthcare system, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.


“We are building more facilities, providing better equipment and training higher quality human resources, as well as implementing a Quality Improvement and Risk Management System,” he said in his address at an “Evening with the Prime Minister” event organised by the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) at a hotel here last night.


Najib called for a greater collaborative effort between the Health Ministry and private general practitioners to reduce the high number of non-communicable diseases (NCD) among Malaysians.


“The National Health and Morbidity Survey shows that an estimated 80% of patients with known hypertension and diabetes are regularly seeking treatment at the 985 public health clinics and 141 government hospitals.


“Perhaps this initiative can be viewed as an example of another Blue Ocean Strategy effort,” he added.


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Lee: Less than 1% of population are organ donors

Sunday December 9, 2012


KOTA KINABALU: Only about 207,300 people have pledged to donate their organs over the past 15 years, when the Health Ministry started its campaign to promote the cause.


This is less than 1% of the population of about 28 million, said organ donation awareness promotion action committee chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.


Community effort is necessary, he said, adding that they hoped to get NGOs and religious organisations to create more awareness on organ donation.


“Though the pledges are increasing, it is still necessary to promote greater awareness among the public on the matter,” he said after launching an organ donation promotion road show at a shopping mall here yesterday.


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Liow: Manufacturers promise not to advertise food, drink high in sugar, salt, fats to children

Thursday December 13, 2012 



PUTRAJAYA: Food industry players have joined forces with the Health Ministry’s to combat obesity and non-communicable diseases, promising not to advertise any food or drinks that are high in sugar, salt or fats to children.


Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said members of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers’ (FMM) Food Manufacturing Group have volunteered to implement guidelines on limiting children’s marketing exposure to foodstuff that have little or no nutritional value.


“They have agreed to self-regulate. This is an industry pledge, and they will work with advertising associations to make sure products that do not meet the criteria of nutritional value are not marketed to children aged 12 and below,” he said after chairing the 11th Food Safety and Nutrition Council here.


The new guidelines are adopted from the global best practices outlined by the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA), which promotes self-regulation among industry players by way of a formal pledge.


The Malaysian pledge requires that only products that meet company specific nutrition criteria can be advertised to children, be it on television or any other media.


The pledge also specifies that companies should not advertise food and drinks that contain high sugar, salt or fat content on television, where 35% of its captive audience is made up of children.


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Liow: Target to reduce AIDS deaths may be reached earlier

Saturday December 1, 2012


PETALING JAYA: With rapidly improving statistics, Malaysia is likely to achieve zero AIDS-related deaths before the targeted 2015, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.


He said that since 1986 when the first HIV-related case was detected in Malaysia, the number of cases had dropped drastically from the highest number in 2002 of 6,978 new cases (or 28.5 cases in 100,000 people) to 2,544 new cases as of September.


“If the number of cases per month does not change, the number of new HIV cases recorded this year is 3,392 cases or 11.8 cases in 100,000 people. Looking at this, there is a big possibility that the 2015 target will be achieved earlier,” he said in a statement.


He added that among the efforts by the Government to reduce the number of AIDS-related deaths was providing antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment.


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Johor govt allocates RM1mil to haemodialysis centre

Monday November 26, 2012 



Abdul Ghani(centre)signing the plaque at the ground-breaking ceremony looking on were Tan Beng Tong(right)and Dr Lee (left).


SEGAMAT: A haemodialysis centre here will receive RM1mil from the Johor government to fund a portion of its expansion project to build a new building with 100 dialysis units.


Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman announced the allocation for Wisma Pertubuhan Hemodialysis Muhibbah Segamat Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the project at Bandar Putra.


The RM8mil project, consiststing of a six-storey building, is expected to be completed by end of next year.


The new facility will be able to receive up to 300 patients per day compared with 150 patients currently, said the centre chairman Tan Sri Tan Beng Tong.


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Healthcare launches series of partnerships with local universities

Wednesday November 28, 2012

Signed pact: Beh (middle) shaking hands with Universiti Sains Malaysia vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Omar Osman after signing the MoU. With them are (from left) USM School of Computer Science dean Prof Dr Rosni Abdullah, BP Healthcare Group chairman Datuk Beh Chun Chuan and radiologist Dr Lim Aik Boon.


BP HEALTHCARE Group has launched a series of smart partnerships with local universities for students to gain invaluable practical experience and to jointly develop products and services.


The private healthcare provider signed a memoranda of understanding with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia in the audiology and radiology fields respectively.


With Universiti Putra Malaysia in the field of food testing while a fourth with another institution, to be announced soon, on dental.


“We believe it is part of our responsibility to help the next generation to improve their knowledge and gain experience in healthcare. By doing this, we are helping to get them ready for the job market,” said BP Healthcare deputy chairman Chevy Beh.


To add better value to the partnerships, associate professors of the respective fields would be allowed to practise in BP centres and joint research and development would be undertaken to create and commercialise new products and services.


The facilitation of training and sharing of experience is also part of its corporate social responsibility agenda to improve and maintain the health of the community, said Beh. who is also the Group’s Finance and Investment director.


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