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Health Ministry mulls pooled procurement for medicines

SHAH ALAM, June 25 (Bernama) -- The Health Ministry is looking into the possibility of implementing a pooled procurement mechanism for essential medicines to address the issue of monopoly that could increase the cost of drugs supplied to government hospitals nationwide.


Helping Diabetics To Avoid Blindness

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Diabetes is the most common cause of blindness among adults in Malaysia. According to the 2006 National Health and Morbidity Survey, about 15,000 to 39,000 people lost their sight because of diabetes. This condition is referred to as diabetic retinopathy, where diabetes causes damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, namely the retina. One in three diabetic patients is affected by this condition. "Screening for diabetic retinopathy is vital because the longer you have diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar is, the more likely you are to develop this condition, Consultant Endocrinologist and Head of the Endocrine Unit at Hospital Putrajaya, " Dr Zanariah Hussein, said in a statement recently.

Introduce Mental Health Assessment

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) -- The government needs to introduce a mental health assessment system which can determine the extent of mental disorders that can lead to crime occurrences or criminal acts, said social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.


Guatemala volcano victims face long-term health effects - WHO

GUATEMALA CITY, June 22 (BERNAMA-NNN-TELESUR) -- Following a nine-day study, an expert from the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the recent eruptions of Guatemala's Fuego ('Fire') Volcano will have short-, medium- and long-term health effects on its victims, the Ministry of Public Health said Thursday.

Fire destroys Tampin Health Clinic pharmacy

SEREMBAN, June 21 (Bernama) ? The Tampin Health Clinic near here will temporarily operate at the Tampin Hospital Specialist Clinic effective today following a fire that destroyed the clinic's pharmacy this morning.


Kuala Kangsar needs new hospital

KUALA KANGSAR, June 21 (Bernama) -- A new hospital with 150 beds should be built in Kuala Kangsar to provide better health and medication services to the people.

National Blood Centre calls on public to donate blood

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 (Bernama) -- The National Blood Centre (PDN) registered a total of 180,651 blood donors last year as compared to 180,052 in the previous year, said its director Dr Noryati Abu Amin.


Linking Nipah virus to food wrapped in banana leaf not true - Health Ministry

The whatsapp message stated that a woman had encountered breathing difficulties and died later after consuming a meal wrapped in banana leaf that had the virus.


Health Ministry welcomes MACC probe on medicine monopoly claim

PUTRAJAYA, June 15 (Bernama) -- The Health Ministry welcomes investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on allegations that a company has a monopoly on the supply of medicine in the country, says its Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.


Caribbean:PAHO to focus on mental health ahead of hurricane season

WASHINGTON, June 15 (BERNAMA-NNN-TELESUR) -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed an accord to improve the capacity for mental health and psychosocial support in the Caribbean as part of their overall response to disaster management.



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EXCLUSIVE

Understanding Dementia Better

By Siti Radziah Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Imagine how you would feel if you wake up one morning in the house you have lived with your family for about 30 years and you are not able to recognise your surroundings. You look at the mirror and ask yourself, “Who am I, where am I?”

This is one of many symptoms indicating that you may have dementia, a debilitating disease that takes away the ability to retain memory, think clearly, behave normally and perform everyday activities.

Dementia is an increasingly common disease affecting ageing populations in especially low- and middle-income countries where access to social protection, services, support and care is limited. 

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