Consumers Association of Penang

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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.

 

CAP: Ban talcum powder and talc-based products

The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the Ministry of Health to ban talcum powder and talc based products.

Talc is similar to asbestos in composition, it’s found in baby powder, eye shadow, blush, and deodorant. Talc is linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

Even though talc is widely used in cosmetics around the world, the possibility of asbestos-free talc being carcinogenic has prompted the European Union to ban talc-based cosmetics altogether.

Mental Health Epidemic: The price of progress?

We are slated to be a high income country by 2020 and it appears that all indicators suggest we are close to the finishing line.  Incidentally depression is also lurking to be the number one disability worldwide by 2020 – just four years away.  According to the 2015 National Health and Mobidity Survey (NHMS), 1 in 3 individuals have mental health problems in Malaysia. The global average according to the World Health Organisation is 1 in 4 persons who are affected by a mental health disorder at some point in their lives.

Heavy school bags take toll on children’s backs

heavy-school-bagsThe Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has been calling on the education authorities for some years now to address the problem of heavy school bags.

In this University Putra Malaysia study carried out by Tamrin SBM and his colleagues, it was found that as high as 58.3% of the schoolchildren studied reported having low back pain associated with carrying heavy school bags.