Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Diabetes Epidemic: Nip it in the Bud

 

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CAP calls on the relevant authorities to take immediate steps to control the growing number of obese children in the country to control the diabetes epidemic that Malaysia is facing.

Studies have showed that childhood obesity levels in Malaysia are among the highest in Asian countries. Data from various research groups have indicated that as many as 15% of toddlers and preschool children in the country could be overweight and obese. Among primary school children, 30% of them could be overweight and obese. These statistics are not surprising as overweight children and youngsters are a common sight at public places.

 

Eighty Organizations Call On Apple’s Lisa Jackson To Stop Off-Shoring Worker Health and Safety Risks

On June 10, 2014, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) joined more than 80 environmental and human rights organizations, and occupational health professionals to send a letter to Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Apple, calling on the company to remove hazardous chemicals from its supplier factories in an effort to protect workers from grave illnesses.

Malaysians don't sleep enough and suffer health problems

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The Consumers Association of Penang calls on consumers to inculcate good sleeping habit as getting enough sleep is the key to good health.

According to a regional survey Malaysians get only 6.4 hours of sleep on average. This leads to a sleep gap of 1.6 hours short of the recommended 8 hours of sleep. Mobile devices and spending time online is one of the leading causes of this sleep deprivation.

Dispensing Separation: Ensuring Medication Safety

There has been a lot of discussion in the media on the old issue of Dispensing Separation lately.

Many of the arguments put forth are on areas like convenience, accessibility and even competency. While CAP feels that although these are important for the consumers, Medication Safety to patients should be of paramount importance and this should be the main consideration for the authorities to take into account for any decision on the issue of Dispensing Separation. The current vintage practice of the private clinic doctors prescribing and dispensing does not provide a safety mechanism for a qualified third party audit or check on the appropriateness or accuracy of the prescriptions. Absence of check and balance in healthcare rules out patient safety.

 

Download Study on "Lead in new enamel household paints in Malaysia"

This study found that 41% of the enamel paints analysed contained lead concentrations above 600 ppm, the threshold limit for lead in paint adopted by Singapore and Sri Lanka. 

In addition, these paints would not be allowed for sale in most industrialised countries where legal limits are even more restrictive.

Included in the report is background information on:

-- why the use of paints with high lead content is a source of serious concern, especially to children’s health;
-- a review of national policy frameworks that are in place to ban or restrict the manufacture, import, export, distribution, sale and use of leaded household
paints;
-- and recommendations for taking action to protect children and others from lead in paint.

 

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