Even one polio case is an outbreak


KUALA LUMPUR: The three-month-old infant from Tuaran, Sabah who contracted polio was under-immunised with polio vaccine and was thus not protected, said consultant paediatrician and clinical immunologist Datuk Dr Musa Mohd Nordin. According to the Malaysian National Immunisation Schedule, infants are to receive the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) at ages […]

70 pct on goods, housing and transport


MALAYSIANS’ MONTHLY INCOME KUALA LUMPUR: Almost 70 per cent of Malaysians’ monthly income are spent on goods, housing and transport, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said.  Based on a World Bank Group report, the cost of living shouldered by Malaysians was mainly due to the three said components, he said.  […]

Re-emergence of polio


KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government views seriously the re-emergence of polio in the state, the first for the country after almost 30 years, and will do its level best to ensure that it will not spread, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said. He said the re-emergence of the […]

‘Stop using Pak Li medicated plaster’


KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has advised the public to avoid buying and using the traditional product ‘Pak Li Medicated Plaster’ after it was found to contain the scheduled poison diphenhydramine. Its director Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the registration of the product was cancelled on Dec 5 after […]

National flag not just a piece of cloth


By Anis Nabilla Md Wazilah & Fauziah Hasan KUALA LUMPUR: The flag is not just a piece of cloth which is hung or hoisted as decoration, but with its colours and symbols, it represents the sovereignty, honour and dignity of a nation. Similarly, the Malaysian flag, which is officially known […]

Pemanis backs Lee Lam Thye on Negaraku


KANGAR: The Perlis Malay Association (Pemanis) agreed with the view of Trustee of the Malaysia Unity Foundation, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye on the importance of all Malaysians to uphold the National Anthem (Negaraku), Jalur Gemilang national flag and the principles of Rukun Negara. Its president Datuk Mohd Zain Hamzah […]

Malaysian ‘ice queens’ ready to conquer Antarctica


SHAH ALAM: Women have always been synonymous with soft, delicate as well as gentle demeanour, and while still retaining these qualities, they have become more courageous in participating in adventurous activities used to be dominated by men. Undoubtedly, more women today are highly educated and more exposed to the outside […]

Changing the healthcare landscape

Allan Jay

KUCHING: The government’s landmark decision to deregulate private medical practitioners’ consultation fees is yet another bold step in the commitment to patient-centred healthcare reforms.  Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy chief executive Azrul Mohd Khalib said, “This decision will significantly change the landscape of Malaysian healthcare. “It means that […]

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