Upgrade for rural clinics in 50 villages nationwide

The Star (Nation) Published 12 June

Rural clinics in 50 villages nationwide will be upgraded to full-fledged health clinics with increased manpower by the end of the year. A medical assistant who can diagnose illnesses and prescribe medication will be added with this upgrade. Besides that, there will be 2 1Malaysia mobile clinics which would serve Bentong, Lipis and Raub. The mobile clinics could visit 69 villages in the three districts on a two-week rotation basis. Dental and optometric services will be provided by mobile clinics.


Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/6/12/nation/8887691&sec=nation

Calorie count for canteen food

The Star (Nation) Published 16 June

Educating students on healthy eating habits is the solution to the unhealthy canteen food issue. Students, parents and school authorities should also be aware of the types of activities to burn calories. Instead of just banning certain items from the menu, the canteen should also state the calorie count of each individual dish. Certain food and beverages, such as carbonated drinks and pickled fruits, are also banned from canteens and this is stated in the contract that canteen operators are expected to abide by the rules stated there.



Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/6/16/nation/8907709&sec=nation

Puffers let off on first day of ban

NST (Local) Published 16 June

The smoking ban in five areas in Malacca began yesterday. However, the Malacca Heath Department is adopting a soft approach by letting those who were caught puffing in the public. The purpose of this approach is to create awareness during the initial period of the ban. Malacca World Heritage zone, Melaka Raya, Melaka International Trade Centrr, Alor Gajah and Jasin town centres already listed as non-smoking areas. Privately-owned premises are exempted though. Malacca is the first state in Malaysia to gazette a large smoke-free area.


Source: http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/13wanp/Article

Need for dengue vaccine plan

NST (Local) Published 20 June

Once the dengue vaccine is available, it is important that it is to be integrated into the national immunization programme. There must be a dengue vaccine strategy to reduce the hassle of bringing a child for more vaccinations. The recommendation for the Sanofi-Pasteur is three doses to be given at the early age of childhood. The vaccine is expected to be rolled out in 2015.


Source: http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/27ccd/Article

A better test for cervical cancer

NST (Local) Published 24 June

Women can find out if they are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer through a new human papillomavirus (HPV) test. The test, cobas 4800 HPV, has a 95 per cent accuracy rate, which is an improvement over the conventional pap smear of 55 per cent rate. The test, costing RM200 to RM 250, overcomes the limitations of pap smear screening which misses 50 per cent of pre-cancer cells. More than 600 Malaysian women die every year from cervical cancer and the number is expected to increase by 40 per cent by 2025 if the virus is left untreated. The test is available through laboratory chains like Clinipath, Lablink, Biolife Lab and Prince Court Medical Centre.



Source: http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/27ca/Article

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




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)