Media practitioners need empathy, care when writing health news

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 (Bernama) -- Media practitioners including those in the new media should be responsible, empathetic and caring when writing news, issues and ideas on health services.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said they must report a certain issue based on facts and verified information and not on mere assumptions.

"Even though media practitioners are always working against a deadline, what is reported should be verified," he said in a breaking of fast with media practitioners here.

Dr Dzulkefly said each practitioner should adhere to ethical journalism based on universal noble values when carrying out their responsibility.

In the face of the social media era such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp currently, media personnel should be more sensitive and should know how to react when handling an issue which had been disseminated, he added.

The function was attended by about 200 media practitioners including journalists, editors and cameramen.




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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