The ban on food delivery to patients and staff imposed by Sungai Buloh Hospital, which has since been rescinded, has got tongues wagging about the quality of food served in public hospitals. Doctors say there must also be serious conversations about food hygiene, safety, and providing dedicated eating spaces for hospital staff.
Datuk Dr Amar Singh HSS, a medical doctor and researcher says it is important for his peers to write and disseminate information in a way that is easily understood by the public, to get the message across.
Malaysia can survive the new Covid-19 Omicron strain if a good public-private healthcare partnership is activated early, said former Malaysian Medical Association president Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bows to public pressure and removes public service announcement video depicting sale of fake medical chits by medical practitioners, saying it had no intention of degrading the profession.
A 2014 Malaysian study titled ‘Vaccine Storage in Private Practice: A community trial’ published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health, revealed vaccine storage practices in private practitioner clinics (PPC) are poor, and a concerted effort to improve them at the national level had been lacking.
It’s very sad and distressing that some doctors (not too many thankfully!) indulge in pseudoscience or conspiracy theories, often without scientific methods to prove their “claims” or “beliefs” as they frustrate moves to vaccinate people against Covid-19, writes Dr John Teo.
Sometimes doctors get frustrated and complain that nothing is achieved. However, it would make sense to join the Malaysian Medical Association so that the voices of doctors and the public can be heard by the decision makers, writes Dr John Teo.
The doctor to population ratio in Malaysia stands at 1:454 but former Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and former Malaysian Medical Association president Prof Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan insist it is the distribution of doctors and health experts nationwide that needs to be addressed.