PUTRAJAYA: The PeKa B40, a healthcare protection scheme for the low-income B40 group, management of “sick” projects and the initiative for price control on medicines were among the achievements of the Health Ministry under the Pakatan Harapan government in it’s first year in office. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pix) said another big accomplishment was the formation of the Health Advisory Council (HAC), which aims to strengthen public-private collaboration in health care. In a recent press conference in conjunction with the anniversary of PH after a year of administering the country, Dzulkefly said a total of 2,443 people have undergone health screenings for their first visit under PeKA B40 since April 29. The project was launched on April 15. “The PeKA B40 is free and fully sponsored by the government to benefit 800,000 recipients of the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) initiative with an RM100 million allocation. “The population target will be … [Read more...] about Eventful year for health ministry under new govt
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When Cely, a 52-year old laundry-washer, started coughing a lot, she thought it was just a passing sickness. Maybe it was caused by stress or the environment, she thought. It took months before she finally consulted a doctor, who prescribed her a week-long round of antibiotics. She felt some improvement and decided that she no longer needed any follow-ups. More challenges in health and wellness: You haven’t had measles your whole life. Should you be worried? The worst thing the new and stronger influenza strain can do to you How my nervous breakdown put an end to a cycle of abuse The myth of the tortured artist But the cough persisted. Eventually, she went to another doctor, who ordered an X-ray. The doctor told her that she has weak lungs, and prescribed her with medications. But she only took them for only a few days because it made her urine turn red. It would take more months before she would see yet another doctor—and this time, it was in the emergency room. For the … [Read more...] about How do we put an end to TB?
Will getting up before the sun has cracked its first rays make you a better, more brilliant person? In his book, The 5am Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate your Life, “leadership guru” Robin Sharma argues the case. The book is the 13th publication in an oeuvre that also includes the titles Who Will Cry When You Die? and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which has sold more than three million copies to date.I am not usually in the habit of following the advice of leadership gurus and have a relatively low tolerance for books claiming to transform my life, especially when those books are framed as quasi-fictions featuring characters called the “Spellbinder”, but I was persuaded to have a look at Sharma’s latest offering when he messaged me directly on Instagram. I can only assume that he was using the social media platform outside his “zero technology zones”: The hours between 4.45am and 8am and after 6pm, during which all phones must be abandoned.To … [Read more...] about Does waking up before sunrise make you a more successful individual?
By Michael Tutton The Canadian Press Tues., April 30, 2019 HALIFAX—Unfiltered and emotional social media postings are emerging as a potent tool for critics of Canada’s health system, though some observers are dubious they’ll prompt lasting changes. In Nova Scotia, the latest example came recently when a team of three emergency physicians posted a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for long-term care beds — a campaign rapidly expanded through Twitter. Soon, online commentators suggested this would be the health system’s equivalent of food banks — charity supplementing what should be a basic public service. “This is an initiative to get the conversation going,” said Dr. Rob Miller, one of the three doctors involved, adding that fundraising is secondary to the advocacy. The doctors say the underlying problem is that elderly patients awaiting nursing home care are occupying beds at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, … [Read more...] about Critics of Canadian health system discover a potent tool: social media
Cancer Control Act renews hope of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates MANILA, Philippines — Cancer need not be an automatic death sentence anymore.” This was one of the messages highlighted during the recent National Cancer Patient and Survivors Congress held at the AFP Theatre in Camp Aguinaldo, QC. The future of cancer care, to be shaped by the newly-enacted National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA), renewed hope and optimism for the hundreds of cancer patients and survivors who attended the congress, together with caregivers, healthcare providers and patient advocates. “Cancer patients need to know that there are people fighting with them,” said Paul Perez, founder of Project: Brave Kids, Inc. and president of Cancer Coalition Philippines, the driving force behind NICCA. Perez emphasized that the patient voice was the most important aspect considered in the NICCA and this should be the same for its implementation. … [Read more...] about Cancer Control Act renews hope of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates