Author Archives: Alan Teh

MMA: Budget cuts affecting patient care in government hospitals

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has warned that a reduction in the Health Ministry’s budget is adversely affecting the quality of care given to patients. Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) President Dr John Chew said the budget cuts would mean less money to operate with. This is particularly difficult given that the number of […]

MOH : no plans to approve dengue vaccine

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has no immediate plans to follow in the footsteps of Singapore, which has approved the world’s first dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya said the ministry was still doubtful of the vaccine’s efficacy in reducing the four serotypes of dengue: Den-1, Den-2, Den-3 and Den-4. Studies have […]

Rota virus outbreak in Perak

PETALING JAYA: There have been 70 acute gastroenteritis (AGE) cases linked to a resort in Bukit Merah in Perak, said Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. “There are 26 cases in Kedah, 30 cases in Perak and 14 cases in Penang. Out of the cases, 30 cases have tested positive for rotavirus – […]

Make all medical grads take exam

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia should open its doors to all Malaysian medical graduates and ensure they take a qualifying examination, said Prof Datuk Dr Syed Ahmad Hussein. He said students should be allowed to study in any of the medical schools but they should take a common assessment examination after completing their studies. “I don’t think we […]

Private sector urged to make more use of daycare

PETALING JAYA: Health Insurance providers should do away with mandatory admissions at hospitals – as a requirement for medical claims – because many procedures can be done within a day now. Most public hospitals now carry out minimal invasive surgeries which require shorter hospitalisation to maximise the use of resources and reduce cost. But insurance […]