No patients ordered to buy own medicines at HSI - health director

JOHOR BAHRU, June 5 (Bernama) -- Johor State Health director Dr Selahuddeen Abd Aziz said initial investigations by Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI) here found no patients were directed to buy their own medicines as posted on Facebook.

The Johor Health Department (JKNJ) is referring to a statement posted on Facebook dated June 3, 2018 which claimed some patients had to buy their own medicines as none were available at the hospital which had allegedly run out of funds.

"There is adequate supply of medicines and patients are given medicines according to those listed in the Ministry of Health Medicines Formulary," he said in a statement posted on the Facebook page of JKNJ today.

Dr Selahuddeen said HSI had contacted the Facebook account owner to seek clarification and was told that he had only heard stories from one party and did not confirm the matter with HSI.

He said JKNJ wanted to assure the public that the supply of medicine was adequate and that it would always strive to provide the best service to the community.

He also reminded the public to verify with JKNJ before transmitting any information about health services in order to avoid situations that trigger anxiety and panic among the people.




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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