Author Archives: Alan Teh

Medical course freeze

PETALING JAYA: The freeze on new medical courses in all local institutions will be extended for another five years, announced the Higher Education Ministry. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Mary Yap said the moratorium would be extended from May 1 this year to April 30, 2021. “This is to ensure that there is a balance between […]

Staggered appointment system for all govt clinics

SEREMBAN: All government clinics, including 1Malaysia facilities, have been told to introduce a staggered appointment system for repeat patients to reduce congestion. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this was important as one of the main grouses from patients, especially those with chronic ailments, was the long waiting period before they could see […]

Anti-vaccine movement causes measles cases to rise

PUTRAJAYA: The number of measles cases in the country has increased due to resistance from the anti-vaccine movement to reject immunisation for fear the vaccine contains pig DNA. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said this was indicated by the increase in cases from 235 in 2014, to 1,402 cases last year. He said […]

Big Data in Malaysian Healthcare

In her opening address to the Big Data in Healthcare Forum held recently at Taylor’s University’s Lakeside Campus in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Clinical Research Centre director Dr Goh Pik Pin noted that the Health Ministry (MOH) has a lot of data from the nation’s public healthcare system, but it cannot really be used. “Last year, […]

Malaysians advised to utilise health screening programme

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resource Ministry advised Malaysian workers, aged 40 and above, to continue to utilise the Health Screening Programme introduced by the government since 2013. Its deputy minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Mutalib said the ministry had allocated RM200 million for the programme which was introduced through Social Security Organisation (Socso) for employees […]