Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Cervical Cancer Vaccines: Tell Us the Truth

CAP is totally aghast with the relevant authorities, particularly with the Ministry of Health, for its absolute silence over the raging controversies on the rush to get our young girls vaccinated against cervical cancer.

In the first place, there are many areas of concern over the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which is said to prevent infection against certain species of human papillomavirus associated with cervical cancer, genital warts and some less common cancers.

Many countries around the world are going slow on this vaccine because of many doubts raised.
 

No to medical advertising

altWe have said it before, and we have to say it again, since the Government has no rationale at all for allowing the medical profession and their institutions, whether general or specialist clinics or private medical centres, to advertise.

We see absolutely no sense in Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s statement on Sept 24 that the liberalisation of the guidelines under the Medicines (Advertisement and Sale) Act 1956 had been done “because medical tourism was a growing sector”.

Revoke unnecessary and potentially dangerous cervical cancer vaccine programme!

altThe Consumer’s Association of Penang has repeatedly objected to the proposal and decision by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to vaccinate all 13-year-old girls in the country from the Human papillomavirus (HPV) virus, a sexually transmitted virus on the grounds that it is unnecessary, unscientific and unsafe. Despite numerous valid objections by many quarters, RM150mil is to be spent annually by the Government beginning this year on HPV vaccinations for an estimated 300,000 girls in the country as protection from only two of the 40 different cervical cancer causing HPV’s.

Government must not support purveyors of death!

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is highly shocked and deplores the announcement that the government is going to delay the announced ban on small packs of cigarettes.

Don't compromise healthcare for tourist dollars

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and other concerned groups have protested the Health Ministry’s move to allow healthcare services to be promoted in order to boost the tourism industry.