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One out of two Malaysians fat, Dewan Negara told

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3  (Bernama) – Obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country have reached a worrying level and on the rise, the Dewan Negara was told today.



Menangani Stigma Kesihatan Mental

Oleh Zulaikha Zainal Rashid



 



KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Sering kali, kita hanya akan tahu mengenai kesihatan mental seseorang itu setelah dia melakukan sesuatu yang di luar dugaan ataupun membunuh diri.



Hakikatnya, permasalahan kesihatan mental boleh mengganggu kehidupan. Apa yang menyedihkan adalah, individu yang mengalami gangguan mental selalunya dianggap sebagai ‘terlalu dramatik’ atau ‘lemah’ sedangkan mereka sepatutnya diberi bantuan sewajarnya. Ini kerana di Malaysia, kesihatan mental tidak dianggap penting berbanding kesihatan fizikal.



Pada Januari tahun ini, seorang wanita berusia dalam 30an, terjun dari tingkat 10 pangsapuri tempat tinggalnya di Kajang. Dia kemudiannya didapati mempunyai sejarah masalah mental.



Satu lagi kes bunuh diri pada April melibatkan seorang pelajar cemerlang berusia 20 tahun, yang terjun dari tingkat 14 pangsapuri di Seremban berikutan masalah kemurungan. Nota yang ditinggalkan menyatakan bahawa dia terlalu takut jika mengecewakan ibu bapanya dan terlalu tertekan dengan pembelajarannya.  



Dalam kedua-dua kes, mangsa mungkin dapat dibantu seandainya permasalahan kesihatan mental menjadi kebiasaan bagi masyarakat membincangkannya. Bagaimanapun, terdapat stigma berkaitan masalah itu yang menghalang ia dibincang secara terbuka.


Reducing The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

By Zulaikha Zainal Rashid



KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- We often hear about the state of a person’s mental health only after they have committed horrific acts of violence or suicide.



Mental health issues can be debilitating. Sadly, instead of being given proper help, people who are suffering from it are often accused of being “over-dramatic” or “weak”. This is because in Malaysia, mental health issues are not treated with the same degree of importance as physical health.



In January this year, a woman in her 30s jumped from the 10th floor of her apartment in Kajang. She was later discovered to have a history of mental illness.



Another suicide in April involved a 20-year-old straight-A student who jumped from the 14th floor of an apartment in Seremban due to depression. A note left for her parents stated that she had been afraid of disappointing them and felt tremendous pressure because she could not cope with her studies.



In both cases, the victims could have been helped had it been socially acceptable to talk about mental health problems. However, there is a stigma surrounding that issue that prevents the problem from being discussed openly.


Separuh rakyat Tunisia gemuk, 30 peratus obes - pegawai kesihatan

Separuh daripada rakyat Tunisia memiliki berat badan berlebihan manakala 30 peratus lagi adalah obes, demikian menurut angka yang dikeluarkan oleh Pengarah Kesihatan Serantau di Bizerte, Jamel Saidani.


Kementerian Kewangan jangka 2 juta pelancong penjagaan kesihatan menjelang 2020

Malaysia memperoleh hasil pelancongan perubatan berjumlah RM1.3 bilion tahun lepas, dengan anggaran RM4 bilion daripada perbelanjaan penjagaan kesihatan bukan berkaitan lain seperti pengangkutan, penginapan dan pelancongan.



7 Important Facts About Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among Malaysian women, according to an expert.  In a 2016 interview, Head of Cancer and Health Screening Clinics of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM), Dr Dalilah Kamaruddin said previously, cervical cancer was named the second most common cancer in Malaysia, but this had changed over the years due to the increased awareness among women. 



 



No outbreak of mumps in Perak - Lee

GOPENG,  Sept 2  (Bernama) -- No new case of mumps has been reported in schools in Sarawak, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.



Health Ministry suggests private hospitals to set up mobile clinics

“It is also an effort to overcome over-crowding at existing health clinics congestion apart from helping the rural community to get early treatment without them having to go to the clinic, which is normally far from their home.



Three final reports to be tabled to cabinet - Dr Dzulkefly

The three reports are pertaining to the revamp of the 1Malaysia Clinics, sexual harassment cases involving graduate medical officers (PPS) and proposed increase in the rate of consulting fees of medical practitioners and doctors for services in private hospitals and clinics.



KPJ Puteri to open office in Batam

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Aug 31 (Bernama) – Specialist hospital  KPJ Puteri  will be opening an office in Batam, Indonesia in September to facilitate health tourists  from the republic who are seeking its services.





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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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