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Category: Health EN

Prioritise improving public hospitals and not medical tourism

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) had received an increasing number of complaints by consumers about their skyrocketing health insurance premiums over the recent years. On investigation, it appears to be due to escalating medical fees charged by private hospitals. The Malaysian Health Ministry (MoH) should investigate and take appropriate action. According to Bank Negara (BNM) Annual...
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CAP: Nip diabetes in the bud

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. On this occasion, the Consumers Association of Penang calls on the relevant authorities to take immediate steps to control the growing number of obese children in the country. Children in Malaysia have been labelled the fattest in the region, but their weight carries a greater burden than just their size. The recent Movement Control Order (MCO) had worsened the...
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Phase-out of mercury-containing dental fillings gains momentum

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, of which the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is a member, welcomes the growing momentum to phase out the use of dental amalgam. The first part of the fourth Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP4) which was held online from November 1st ended yesterday. The Minamata Convention requires Parties to phase down the...
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Should Malaysia spend hundreds of millions on Molnupiravir?

On October 7, the Health Minister KhairyJamaluddin announced that Malaysia had signed an agreement to procure 150,000 courses of the drug. However, he refused to reveal the costs involved saying that the government was bound by a confidentiality agreement with the company Merck. If one uses Merck’s publicly announced retail price for Molnupiravir at RM293 per pill (10 pills per course of...
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CAP: Expedite Regulatory Action to Eliminate Lead in Paints

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized 24–30 October 2021, as the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week to raise awareness and promote actions to address the health impacts of lead exposure, especially on children, pregnant women and workers. In conjunction with this occasion, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Malaysian government to expedite regulatory...
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OVERUSE OF HAND SANITISERS POSE HEALTH PROBLEMS

  Consumers are advised to prioritise handwashing over sanitiser use as regular and overuse of hand sanitisers can pose long-term health problems. Thorough handwashing is the first defence against disease transmission. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), washing hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of infections and decrease the...
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CAP: Prohibit e-commerce sites from selling banned face creams

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the authorities to prohibit e-commerce sites in the country from selling banned cosmetics products. In an online survey we found 9 banned face creams sold online by Lazada, Shopee and Carousell. These products were on the list of notified cosmetic products cancelled by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency, Ministry of Health Malaysia....
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Why Covid-19 Vaccination should not be mandated — A review of recent scientific studies

CAP reiterates its stand that Vaccination for Covid-19 should not be mandatory and people have a right to choose whether to be vaccinated. Recent scientific findings have shown that the Covid-19 vaccines: do not prevent infection or spread of the virus; vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant of Covid-19 may be able to transmit the virus as much as unvaccinated individuals due to...
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The need for public to know and the measures need to be taken if NRP goes awry

  The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) welcomes the Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s recent announcement that a field hospital, complete with the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward, to accommodate the increasing number of Covid-19 patients in Penang. He had also said that he will discuss with private hospitals to rent out their operating theatres to enable Penang General Hospital (HPP)...
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Are nano spray gun sanitising liquids safe? MoH must answer

Nano spray guns are commonly used at home and workplaces during this current pandemic but the sanitising liquids available in the market should be investigated by the Health Ministry (MoH). The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges MoH to address this issue urgently because of the widespread use of nano spray guns. Information from MoH on the sanitising liquids for these guns are scant yet...
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