Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

WHY KIDDIE PACKS SHOULD NOT BE REINTRODUCED

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government not to buckle under the tobacco industry pressure to introduce ‘kiddie packs’.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “tobacco kills a third to half of all people who use it, on average 15 years prematurely”. This is a reason important enough to stop entertaining the industry.

Proposed Pharmacy Bill – Unjustified

The Consumers Association of Penang is disappointed at the Ministry of Health’s decision not to separate the roles of dispensing and prescribing.  Cleared the Ministry of Health has bowed down to the pressure of the powerful medical lobby in refusing to create a system of separation of duties in prescription and dispensing. Separation of dispensing and prescribing is the norm in developed countries. It is most ironic that a nation aspiring to attain high-income status by 2020 takes a retrogressive stand in healthcare practices.

CAP: Ban lead in products to combat lead poisoning

CAP President Mr Idris and Research Officer Hatijah Hashim emphasizing toxicity of Lead.

Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems. It is particularly hazardous to young children, pregnant woman and all those that are exposed to it. Effects of exposure include learning disabilities, increased risk of antisocial behaviour, reduced fertility and increased risk of renal and cardiovascular disease later in life.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized October 22-28 2017 as International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and its main concern is the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children.

Action needed now on antibiotic resistance

The world is marking World Antibiotics Awareness Week on 13-19 November. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the world is running out of new antibiotics to fight the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Malaysia is also affected and must take urgent action on this threat.

In the words of the Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom, Professor Dame Sally Davies, ‘the world is facing an antibiotic apocalypse’. If antibiotics lose their effectiveness, it will spell ‘the end of modern medicine’. Unless action is taken to halt the practices that have allowed antimicrobial resistance to spread and ways are found to develop new types of antibiotics, we could return to the days when routine operations, simple wounds or straightforward infections could pose real threats to life, she warns.

Depression and its many causes

depression-drawing-colourWe all feel “down” or “blue” at times. All of us have days when we feel “depressed”. Usually, these feelings are temporary, and we can have a great day tomorrow. Even when we have a bad day, we can still find enjoyment in things. These occasional bad days are part of life and not depression.

Sometimes though, these feelings may persist for several days or even weeks. This is common following the break-up of a relationship or other unpleasant event.  In many cases, the sadness or depressed mood may accompany problems such as loss of appetite, overeating, sleeplessness, excessive sleeping, lack of energy and drive, loss of interest and joy, etc. This is when depression becomes a medical illness.