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Category: Health EN

Restrict sale of addictive painkiller Tramadol

In a recent media expose, Tramadol, a highly addictive drug being was found to be sold openly in pharmacies all over the country. CAP is shocked at how easily a narcotic posing as a painkiller is being openly sold to schoolchildren and drug addicts for as little as RM1 each. We question why the Ministry of Health has yet to respond to the Addiction Medicine Association of Malaysia’s (AMAM) call...
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2% of cancers due to CT scans

A study by two researchers from the Columbia University’s Center for Radiological Research in New York which was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has raised concerns regarding the increasing radiation exposure through Computed Tomography or CT scans. CT scans provide a three-dimensional (3-D) view of organs and other parts in the human body. This more...
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Exorbitant hospital charges and what you can do

Under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Regulations 2006, patients have the right to receive information, on request, of the estimated charges for services to be provided and of other unanticipated charges for services that are routine or usual. Consumers association of Penang (CAP) refers to the 2007 press report of former Health Minister Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek expressing serious...
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Move to streamline private hospital charges welcomed

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) applauds the Ministry of Health for planning to control charges at private hospitals, including doctors’ consultation fees and the number of in-house visits to patients in a day. The reports of recent abuses justify this action. The Ministry plans to amend Schedule 13 of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Regulations 2006 which is the Fee...
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Instead of a new healthcare financing scheme…

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) welcomes the news that the Ministry of Health is not going to rush ahead with any implementation of a healthcare financing scheme. The right to good health has been recognised as a basic human right that everyone possesses. In 1978, the Alma Ata Declaration was adopted by the world community, to which Malaysia was a party. The Declaration proclaimed that...
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Heavy school bags take toll on children’s backs

The 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. The researchers...
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Stem culture of violence against children

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is disturbed to note the number of abuse cases involving children reported of late. Toddlers being sexually abused, a stepchild apparently beaten to death, young girls raped the list goes on. Alarmingly, parents or caregivers are the perpetrators in many cases of child abuse. These are the very people that society expects to protect the child. It has been...
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Children’s mental illness jumps to 20.3%

Malaysian kids need protection and help The National Health and Morbidity Survey 1996 found that the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity in children between 5 to 15 years old was at a high percentage of 13%. The latest survey shows that the rate has shot up to 20.3%. Malaysian children are under tremendous stress and many are unable to cope with the pressures from the education system, their...
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Mobile phones should carry cancer warnings

Manufacturers should put labels on phones and packaging warning of the potential for brain cancer associated with electromagnetic radiation. The warnings should also warn that the most vulnerable users like children and pregnant women keep the devices away from their head and body. Over the last few decades, there has been rapid worldwide development of wireless technology, including increasing...
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Reviving the bicycle for health

The humble bicycle could be a key to our long-term survival — in terms of health, environment and economics. CAP’s research shows that reviving bicycle use here would benefit both the nation and the people. Here’s the evidence for health. A recent Malaysian Shape of the Nation survey showed that Malaysia has the most number of fat people in the Asean region. In fact, the number of fat...
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