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Topic: Azrul Mohd Khalib

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Will Pharmaniaga get another long-term deal with Putrajaya?
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has called for a revamp of the system of procuring medicines for the public sector to prevent virtual or actual monopolisation by any company.
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Think tank urges Putrajaya to ban e-cigarettes from Malaysian market
PETALING JAYA: A think tank today urged Putrajaya to impose a total ban on e-cigarettes from the Malaysian market, following deaths in the United States allegedly linked to them.
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Can a 'sugar tax' make us healthier? | R.AGE Newsflash |
PETALING JAYA: Despite the Sweetened Beverages Excise Duty or “sugar tax” being implemented in an effort to cut down on Malaysian obesity rates, some experts are saying that it isn’t enough to create a healthier nation.
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Review mySalam before it’s too late
I refer to the statements by PSM chairman Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy CEO Azrul Mohd Khalib with regards to mySalam. At the onset of the birth of mySalam, I had ...
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Think tank backs call for review of MySalam
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has backed a former MP’s call for a review of the MySalam insurance scheme, saying it excludes some people because of flaws in its design.
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Falling prey to mental disorder after surviving a serious illness
PETALING JAYA: Unknown to most people, patients who have survived serious illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases often face mental health disorders on the road to recovery.
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How anti-vaxxers endanger everyone’s health
KUALA LUMPUR: The well-being of Malaysians in general is under threat from the growing numbers of urban and educated people savvy in the use of social media to oppose compulsory vaccinations for child...
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Bubble tea, a sweet but deadly brew?
PETALING JAYA: Experts have sounded the alarm on the high sugar content of bubble tea, advising Malaysians to avoid the drink for the sake of their health.
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Rania's appointment an example of M'sia's successful HIV strategy
LETTER | News of Rania Zara Medina's appointment as a member of the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) has recently been received negatively.
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Think tank hails appointment of transgender rep to CCM
PETALING JAYA: A think tank today voiced support for the appointment of a transgender representative to the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), calling it a good example of engagement an...
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Measles outbreak highlights challenges in caring for Orang Asli
PETALING JAYA: Long journeys into the Orang Asli heartland are common for Dr Madhusudhan Shanmugam, who has been running the Teddy Mobile Clinic since 2015, along with his band of volunteer doctors.
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Raise doctors’ fees before taking out dispensary, says think tank
PETALING JAYA: A think tank says it will be impossible to separate the roles of doctors and pharmacists until consultation fees for general practitioners (GPs) are adjusted, as doctors call for the ha...
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Good start but long way to go, experts say ahead of sugar tax
PETALING JAYA: A think tank warns that it will be difficult to change the eating habits of Malaysians, as Putrajaya prepares to impose an excise tax of 40 sen per litre on sweetened beverages.
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Tackle video game addiction, says expert
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mySalam scheme still has gaps in coverage, gov't told
The move to expand the mySalam scheme is encouraging but there are still gaps in the coverage, says a research organisation.
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Expand mySalam health scheme coverage for B40 group, urges health NGO
KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — A health think tank today urged the government to expand free national health scheme mySalam to expand its coverage for the lower-income B40 group to include patients who were...
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Girl’s suicide seen as wake-up call for better mental health services
PETALING JAYA: The Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy has dismissed calls for the tightening of online laws and the monitoring of children’s internet use as knee-jerk reactions to the suicide...
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From smoking ban to public health reforms, a look at Dzulkefly’s first year
PETALING JAYA: Dzulkefly Ahmad’s performance in his first year as health minister has been encouraging in a number of areas.
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Upcoming tobacco law could go up in smoke without political will, govt warned
PETALING JAYA: Plans to curb smoking with tougher tobacco regulations will not yield results unless there is political will from Putrajaya to enforce such laws, say MPs from the ruling Pakatan Harapan...
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Ministry tracks thousands of online ads for illicit medicines
PETALING JAYA: The health ministry has sought to assure the public that it is diligent in monitoring the online sale of medicines and health supplements, saying it has issued thousands of notices to e...
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Health ministry to investigate open sale of ‘mini-cigars’ in Sabah, Sarawak
PETALING JAYA: The health ministry will look into the sale of “mini-cigars” in East Malaysia using the brand of a prominent tobacco company which are believed to be smuggled or illicit as they do ...
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Group tells government to clamp down on online medicine sales
PETALING JAYA: A public health advocacy group today urged the authorities to come down hard on online stores dealing with medicines and supplements, warning that some of the drugs may contain hazardou...
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End drugs procurement ‘monopoly’ within 5 years, think tank tells health ministry
PETALING JAYA: The Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy has called for an end to the “monopoly” of pharmaceutical giants to procure drugs for the government within five years.
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Why exclude patients with pre-existing conditions, think tank asks on govt healthcare scheme
PETALING JAYA: A think tank today questioned the exclusion of patients with pre-existing medical conditions from the government’s new health insurance scheme for the bottom 40 or B40 group.
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Make modern treatment first choice, not last, think tank tells cancer patients
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has cautioned cancer patients against diving straight into traditional medication, saying advanced modern treatment should be their first choice.
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Mistake to exclude university hospitals from B40 health scheme, says think tank
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has criticised the health ministry’s exclusion of university hospitals in a health scheme for the bottom 40 (B40) as patients there will not be able to benefit from it.
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mySalam plugs protection gap but lacks clarity — Galen Centre
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 25): The Finance Ministry's newly-launched mySalam B40 national protection scheme will help plug the protection gap to ensure a higher proportion of the population is financially ins...
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Vaccines save lives, think tank tells anti-vaxxers
KUALA LUMPUR: A think tank took aim today at those who are against vaccinations amid an increase in reports of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles.
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Yoursay: ‘Victim-shaming’ textbook shows education gone awry
YOURSAY | ‘No wonder so many parents have stopped sending their kids to national schools.’ 'Victim-shaming' textbook to be fixed, says ministry Jasmine: Obviously, we have too many fundamentalist ...
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'Victim-shaming' textbook to be fixed, says ministry
The Education Ministry said it will issue corrigenda to amend the Standard 3 Physical and Health Education textbook, beginning tomorrow.
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Deputy minister wants 'school textbook' reviewed following victim-shaming claims
Deputy Women, Community and Family Development Minister Hannah Yeoh has called for a review of a purported Standard Three textbook after it was slammed online for allegedly victim-shaming young girls ...
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Close the door, cover up, and you’re safe, says Year 3 textbook on ‘modesty’
PETALING JAYA: Social media users are up in arms over a screenshot purportedly of a school textbook suggesting that young girls will be cut off from their friends and bring shame to their families if ...
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Schoolbags with my face a printing error, claims PPBM rep
PETALING JAYA: A Selangor PPBM leader has cleared the air over the controversy of his picture being printed on backpacks distributed to schools in his constituency.
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Think tank hails ministry’s educative approach to smoking ban
PETALING JAYA: A think tank has welcomed the health ministry’s move to employ an educative approach to ensure people comply with the nationwide ban on smoking at eateries, calling it both realistic ...
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