2022-2023 EVENTS

2022 Events

28 Aug - 01 Sep 2022
The International Surgical Week (ISW)
Kuala Lumpur

31 Aug – 2 Sept 2022
Medical Fair Asia
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

3-9 September
Medical Fair Asia
Digital, Online

9-10 September 2022
World Pediatrics Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

9-10 September 2022
World Heart and Cardiothoracic Surgery Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

19-21 September 2022
23rd SE-Asian Healthcare & Pharma Show
Kuala Lumpur

27-29 September 2022
Smart Healthcare Expo (Health Malaysia)

27-29 September 2022
Asia Pandemic Congress
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

19-20 September 2022
23nd Global Nursing Education Conference
Brisbane, Australia

30 Sep - 2 Oct 2022
Malaysia International Dental Show (MIDS)
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Subang Jaya, Malaysia

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International MedLab Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International Pharma Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

11-13 November 2022
Eldercare Exhibition and Conference Asia (ELDEX Asia 2022)
Suntex Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre

14-15 November 2022
Healthcare Asia Pacific
Osaka, Japan

2023 Events

30 May – 1 June 2023
KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

13-15 September 2023
Medical Fair Thailand
BITEC, Bangkok

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Malaysia recorded a 15.5 per cent increase in new leprosy cases in 2022, with 164 cases compared to 142 in 2021, said Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa.

Malaysia had 181 leprosy cases in 2020.

“The Health Ministry remains committed to tackling leprosy issues with control and prevention activities targeting at-risk groups at the locality and district levels.

“One of them is community skin screening through active case detection while close contacts are also identified and screened at the clinics according to existing guidelines,” she said.

Dr Zaliha said there was also an increase in leprosy cases globally in 2021, with 140,594 new cases reported compared to 128,405 cases in 2020.

She said at-risk communities such as close contacts and individuals living in endemic localities should head to the clinic immediately when they begin to show early signs of the disease, which are white or copper-red spots on the skin that are not itchy.

“Those not detected early or do not receive treatment face possible complications of permanent physical disabilities. So, it is important for all individuals, family members and the community to play their respective roles and encourage leprosy patients to continue receiving treatment until they are cured,” she said.

Leprosy is one of the oldest infectious diseases besides chronic tuberculosis and can infect close contacts when droplets containing the bacteria ‘Mycobacterium leprae’ are released when the untreated patient coughs or sneezes.

In the past four decades, a total of 18 million leprosy patients worldwide have been treated with the World Health Organisation’s multidrug therapy (WHO-MDT)’ until they are cured and directly reduced the prevalence of leprosy in the world by 95 per cent.

According to Dr Zaliha, there is no need for the community to stay away from leprosy patients because by taking the first dose of treatment, the patient is, scientifically, no longer at risk of infecting others.

World Leprosy Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of every January to commemorate those affected by the disease and to raise awareness that leprosy still exists and that society needs to play a role in ensuring the sustainability and well-being of patients. – Bernama