Cabinet paper on health advisory council will be tabled next week - Dzulkefly

PUTRAJAYA, June 5 (Bernama) -- A Cabinet paper on the proposed establishment of the Health Advisory Council will be tabled next week, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

He said the council, which would comprise five to seven experts in various fields, would serve as an advisory body, problem solver and think tank in boosting the healthcare sector delivery.

"Members of the council are not necessarily (members) of the medical (field)m  there is also an economist. We will choose the best among the best to empower the Ministry of Health and make it world-class," he told a press conference after the ministry's monthly gathering here today.

According to him, the long waiting period to meet the doctors, especially specialists, the disruption in the supply of medicines and congestion at health facilities were the main focus to be addressed in healthcare operations.

In addition, he said the long diagnostic  waiting period and the rising cost of healthcare, especially in the private sector, would also be given attention.

Dzulkefly said the 1Malaysia Clinic nationwide would be rebranded as the People's Clinic and it would house more doctors to increase its operational capacity.

"The placement of more doctors is not a problem because we produce about 5,000 doctors each year, only the facility to house them is inadequate," he said.

Regarding the government's allocation for health, Dzulkefly said the ministry needed a higher budget allocation to ensure the quality of delivery of health services to the people continued to be strengthened.

"In the next five years, it is hoped that the health sector will contribute at least six to seven per cent to Gross Domestic Product," he said.

Dzukefly said that temporarily delayed 'Peduli Sihat' health care scheme was expected to be included in the 2019 budget allocation.

The scheme involves  proposed RM500 funding for basic treatment at a registered private clinics for the lowest 40 per cent income group (B40) and is among the 100-day promises of the new Pakatan Harapan government.




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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