Depression: Is Malaysia prepared to handle this mental health crisis?

A recent report  released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on ‘Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders estimates that in 2015 there were over 1.1 million cases of depressive disorders in Malaysia[1].  The report further states that depression is a major contributor to suicide deaths accounting for 800,000 or 1.5% of all deaths globally.  If …

Promote Healthy Eating to Combat Diabetes 

Diabetes has become a condition of epidemic proportion worldwide prompting the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to declare November 14 as World Diabetes Day.   The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018 and 2019 is The Family and Diabetes.   Diabetes spares no group — attacking men, women, children, the elderly …

Channel revenue from soda tax towards Health Promotion

Consumers Association of Penang fully supports the Government’s consideration of a soda tax as a deterrent to consumption of sweetened drinks and beverages to promote healthy lifestyle. However to be consistent in this direction the price of sugar should not be lowered and the sugar subsidy should not be reinstated.  Soda tax should be implemented …

CAP urges caution in raising medical fees

The Consumers Association of Penang urges the Ministry of Health in exercising caution in raising medical fees. Consumers are being burdened by overall cost of living and any drastic increase in medical fees will deter consumers from seeking medical treatment which may then lead to more severe health consequences. Any increase in consultation fees should …