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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Former health minister Khairy Jamaluddin says he takes full responsibility for the cost of wasted Covid-19 vaccines, following the release of the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) report on the matter.

However, he said he was not involved in the brewing ventilator scandal.

“I take full responsibility for vaccine procurement because I was the minister in charge at that time, so I won’t throw anyone under the bus,” he said in his “Keluar Sekejap” podcast today.

But, he said, people needed to check their facts before accusing him of any wrongdoing in the ventilator procurement row.

“The ventilators were purchased in 2020, I only became health minister in 2021, so how can I be responsible for that?” he asked.

On Monday, the PAC report on the country’s Covid-19 management revealed that the 8.5 million doses of expired vaccine had cost the country RM505 million.

Khairy responded by saying today that Malaysia was not the only country dealing with wasted vaccines.

“If you look at the reports, the wastage was 10%. In the Philippines, more than 50 million doses were wasted, whereas in Indonesia more than 40 million doses were destroyed as of October last year.

“Meanwhile, we love to compare with Singapore, which wasted almost RM500 million in doses,” he said.

The report, which was published on the Parliament website, stated that the health ministry had procured the vaccines based on projected demand.

However, there was still an excess of vaccines due to “decreased vaccination demand, delays in receiving vaccine supplies and donations from foreign countries”.

The committee also found that the deliberations, assessments and decisions for the procurement of ventilators were conducted using WhatsApp, instead of standard procedures due to lockdown constraints and the urgency at that time.

The committee also found discrepancies in the information provided by the health ministry and Pharmaniaga Logistics Sdn Bhd on the warranties for 136 ventilator units.

It said, even though Pharmaniaga Logistics lacked experience and expertise in procuring medical equipment such as ventilators, the firm was instructed to make an upfront payment for the ventilators due to its “existing relationship with the health ministry”. – FMT