Consult a ‘sinseh’ for just RM3!

 

 

For the past 25 years, Chempaka Buddhist Lodge had been providing traditional Chinese medical services. Recently, the new Chempaka Medical Services Centre is set up to continuously provide the service at a very affordable price which is at RM3 per visit. The centre is staffed by at least two qualified Chinese physicians daily hence the public can have full confidence in the treatment delivered.

 

 

For more info, read here.

Qigong for health and longevity

So how do we get a long and healthy life? Some people say Qigong, the ancient Chinese meditative exercise, is the key.

 

The “block breathing” technique of qigong, according to one person who practices on a regular basis, is able to stimulate the flow of oxygen to the vital organs which can enhance the body’s immune system.

 

Read more here.

Learning Chinese Medicine

Deputy, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Heng Seai Kei said that the government will provide aid in the form of equipment and medicine worth RM5,000under the “Azam 1Malaysia” programme for youths in the low income group who wish to practice Chinese medicine.

 

 

Read more here.

Leading normal lives

Malaysian AIDS Foundation Chairman Professor Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman said that they had seen what they call a feminization of the AIDS epidemic in the last few years. This AIDS epidemic continues to be male dominated and there are an increase number of women reported to be living with HIV. However, women mostly contract HIV through heterosexual contact. Dr Adeeba presents a fascinating theory that women are medically more vulnerable to contracting the virus than men. A new approach called  “treatment as prevention” by Dr Adeeba with the aim of two-folds, which is to prevent transmission of the virus from husband of wife and the if the mother already in HIV, to ensure that the baby is HIV-negative.

 

Misconceptions about HIV

  • HIV equals sin: HIV is a virus and, therefore, cannot be a sin.
  • Women who are living with HIV are sinful: Most women living with HIV did not  contract the disease by behaving in a sinful manner. There are many women who contracted the disease from their husbands.
  • It’s easy to become HIV+: It’s not easy to contract the HIV virus. You cannot contract it from hugging or kissing someone living with HIV or shaking their hand. You won’t contract it by living in the same house as a person living with HIV.
  • You can contract the virus from a mosquito: This is not true. The HIV virus is transmitted sexually, through sharing needles in drug use or from mother to child.
  • Children living with HIV cannot go to school and must be shunned from society: This is not true. When a child is living with HIV, the child can go to school. The teachers will have first aid training and parents need not be afraid that their children will automatically contract the virus.

 

Myths about HIV:
THERE are five fallacies about a woman living with HIV or AIDS:

  • She is a “loose woman”.
  • She cannot get married.
  • She cannot have children naturally.
  • She will die sooner rather than later.
  • She must have her uterus removed.

 

Read full article here.

Lean way to fight obesity

The Star Published 2 June 2011

 

A medical centre in Petaling Jaya had been implementing the Life-changing Education through Activity and Nutrition programme, or LEAN, since 2007. The LEAN programme is offered to children aged between 7 and 12 who attend weekend or school-holiday sessions with professional healthcare workers. The programme aims to improve awareness in children and advocates a healthy lifestyle, in addition to promote weight loss. This programme is free of charge for three years. New participants of the programme are now required to pay RM 100 per person for individual sessions, and RM 190 per person for a group session. It is open to schools and corporate bodies.

 

 

Reference

 

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/6/2/nation/8819871&sec=nation

Taiwan products taken off shelves

NST Published 2 June 2011

 

There are several products from Taiwan to be taken off from the shelves ordered by Health Minister. The products, mainly isotonic drinks, fruit juice, yoghurt, jam are believed to have been contaminated by an excessive amount of plasticizer in order to make processed food and drinks more appealing.  Plasticizer is a chemical agent used in plastic manufacturing which gives flexibility to the product, and it can be transferred into the food during the manufacturing, packaging and storage process. Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had informed the ministry that several products were confirmed to be contaminated by the plasticizer. The contaminated products are also banned by the ministry from being imported into country under the Level Six inspection of Malaysia’s Food Safety Information System (FoSIM). Liow also warned the public who had already bought the products not to consume them. Those found guilty of importing, storing, producing, distributing or selling the tainted products could be charged under Section 13 (1) of the Food Act 1983 and faced up to 10 years in jail, a fine of not more than RM 100,000, or both. The items will be removed from the selves and legal action will be taken against companies responsible if the items are tainted. For details, call the FSQ or ministry at 03-88833652/3653 or visit http://moh.gov.my or http://fsq.moh.gov.my

 

 

Reference

 

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/6/2/nation/8822971&sec=nation

 

http://www.nst.com.my/articles/11taiw/Article/#ixzz1O8K7Qidn

APHM International Healthcare Conference and Exhibition 2011

The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) has been organising the International Healthcare Conference and Exhibition on an annual basis in Kuala Lumpur since 1993. The coming 19th conference and exhibition will be held from 6 to 8 July at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

 

APHM International Healthcare Conference and Exhibition 2011 will showcase the role of healthcare within Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). It is available as special 3 day package or individual days:

6-8 July   – APHM International Healthcare Conference

6&7 July – Clinical Research Malaysia

6&7 July – APHM International Nursing Conference

8 July      – Malaysian Healthcare Travel

8 July      – e-Health EPP Diagnostic Service Nexus

8 July      – Malaysian Pharmaceuticals NKEA

 

Among the keynote speakers are:

  • YB Senator Dato’ Sri Idris Bala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Chief Executive Officer of Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU)
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman, Chairman, Integrated Healthcare Holdings
  • Johan Mahmood Merican, CEO, Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd
  • Dr Chua Hong Teck, Health ETP Director, PEMANDU
  • Zamane Abdul Rahman, Director, Medical Device Central Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia.
  • Datuk Dr Teoh Siang Chin , Head, Clinical Research Malaysia
  • Dr Goh Pik Pin, Director, Clinical Research Centre
  • Dr Michael Moreton, Int Medical Co-Ordinator, Bangkok Hospital, Thailand
  • Diane Beattie, President, D L Beattie Consulting, Canada
  • Dato’ Eisah A Rahman, Director, Pharmaceutical Services Division. Ministry of Health Malaysia
  • Leonard Ariff Abdul Shatar, President Malaysian Org of Pharmaceutical industries
  • Dean Edwards, Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific, IMAS Health, Hong Kong…and many others

 

For details or to reserve exhibition space, call or email Ms Majmin at 6017-8821680 (Mobile) or email: majmin8@gmail.com. For more information, visit  http://www.aphmconferences.org

 

 

 

(23/03/2011) Malaysia in Top 5 for Medical Tourism

Healthcare Malaysia News Summary

 

(23/03/2011)

Malaysia in Top 5 for Medical Tourism

Malaysia has become one of the members in the list of top five medical tourism destinations for tourists and foreign investor. This is because they could get quality medical services at a lower cost. Right now, the government would like to focus on improving four areas, which includes transforming healthcare delivery, increasing the capacity, coverage and quality of healthcare structure, and shifting towards disease prevention.

Source: New Straits Times, 23/03/2011 (Prime News, 11)

Use Grants to Promote Health, NGOs Told

The health ministry is urging the NGOs to apply for grants to organise health campaigns. The NGO had played an important role more than what the health ministry could have expected. The Ministry also had an action plan which will offer training to the NGOs to become experts in healthcare.

Source: New Straits Times, 23/03/2011 (Prime News, 11)

Malaysia in Top 5 for Medical Tourism

Malaysia has become one of the members in the list of top five medical tourism destinations for tourists and foreign investor. This is because they could get quality medical services at a lower cost. Right now, the government would like to focus on improving four areas, which includes transforming healthcare delivery, increasing the capacity, coverage and quality of healthcare structure, and shifting towards disease prevention.

Source: New Straits Times, 23/03/2011 (Prime News, 11)

Use Grants to Promote Health, NGOs Told

The health ministry is urging the NGOs to apply for grants to organise health campaigns. The NGO had played an important role more than what the health ministry could have expected. The Ministry also had an action plan which will offer training to the NGOs to become experts in healthcare.

Source: New Straits Times, 23/03/2011 (Prime News, 11)

 

(21/03/2011)

Worrying Rise in Kidney Disease

Malaysians are being advised to life a healthier life in order to avoid kidney disease. Statistic has shown that the number of patients in dialysis had increase from a mere 6689 in 2000 to 21159 in 2009. A survey done by the Renal Registry had revealed that 10 per cent of the population is suffering from kidney disease. People are advised to seek medical attention as early detection is very important. This could not only prevent kidney disease, but will also prevent cardiovascular disease.

Source: New Straits Times (Nation, 21)

 

(15/03/2011)

Radiation Exposure

Upon exposed to radiation, a person will experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. The severity of these symptoms varies on the length of exposure and level of radiation. These symptoms may occur immediately after the exposure or over the next few days. These harmful radiations are only detectable via using a device called a Geiger counter. Since it is very difficult to measuring the amount of radiation exposed, the best way is to measure the length of time between the exposure and the first signs of symptom showed. Radiation is measured in Sieverts. If a person is exposed to one Sieverts, it can cause hemorrhaging. When exposed to four Sieverts, it can cause death within two month from the time of exposure. 2000 Sieverts is enough to cause loss of consciousness within minutes of exposure and death within hours. When exposed to radiations, leave the area immediately and remove any contaminated clothing and keep them in a sealed containment. Wash your body thoroughly with soap and water. Potassium iodide can be used to treat radiation exposure from entering the thyroid gland.

Source: The Star (Nation, N4)

 

Docs: Local med students must sit for licensing exam, too.

Local medical graduates have been urged by the senior doctor to sit for the proposed medical licensing examination which is going to be imposed on all foreign medical graduates.  Many clinicians have expressed their worry about the commitment and quality of some recent graduates from local medical schools. A senior doctor has expressed that the quality of medical services is in danger and declining and drastic actions to improve it is required.

Source: The Star (Nation, N14)

 

Health Risks of Radiation Exposure

Once exposed to radiations, one person will have two types of health risks. Those exposed to a low level but for a long time would most likely have cancer and DNA mutations. Those exposed for short term but on a high level of radiations would have burns and radiations sickness. These effects of radiation can be minimised by wearing a mask or a protective suit.

Source: The Star (Nation, N12)

 

State Taking Dengue Danger Seriously

Health department from Terengganu is very active in fogging and conducting daily inspection across the states to prevent dengue fever. They also urge the owners of premises to make sure that their buildings do not turn into the breeding ground for Aedes mosquito.

Source: The Star (Nation, N30)

 

1Care Payments Being Worked Out

The National Health Financing Authority (NHFA) would be developing a new mechanism to finance healthcare services. This mechanism would be used to pay healt practitioners to avoid an increase in the medical cost. With this mechanism, the public would be able to enjoy higher quality healthcare services at a lower price.

Source: New Straits Times (Prime News, 14)

 

(02/03/2011)

Medical Gear to be of Top Grade

Soon, medical devices manufacturer will have to register their products with the Ministry of Health. This move also applies to the imported products so that they can be protected under the patent law in the country. An estimation by the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) shows that the medical devices industry in the country had grown to RM2.7 billion in the year 2010.

Source: The Star (Nation, N10)

 

(01/03/2011)

Hospital Urged to Publish Rates

The Ministry of Heatlh Malaysia has urged the private hospitals to publish their rates on their website. This is a method to make sure that the public is aware of the fees. This call was made during a meeting with the representatives from the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia. The purpose of this call is to avoid any misunderstanding and disputes while getting treatment or after treatment. By publishing the rates online, all the patients would be more protected and the treatment cost would be better regulated according to the ministers’ hospital fee schedule.

Source: The Star (Nation, N26)

Liow Wants Medical Lab to go Global

Malaysian government would like to see a growth in the development of the pathology laboratories to capture something out of the global diagnostic services market. According to Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, many developed countries still deliver their samples to be tested in India. He also added that if Malaysia were able to tap into the market, it would be able to net in more than 1 billion US dollar (RM3 billion). Malaysia’s laboratories were of global standards and there are about 200 private pathology laboratories in the country.

Source: New Straits Times (Prime News, 14)