Only 42.3% of children in Malaysia fully vaccinated against Covid-19

A total of 1.76 million or 49.8% of children aged between five and 11 in the country have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Tuesday (Aug 2), said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

He said of the total, 1.5 million or 42.3% of the population have completed the vaccination while 1,030 children in the moderate to severe immunocompromised category within the same age range have received the third dose.

However, Dr Noor Azmi said the percentage is still low compared to the number of vaccination facilities provided for that group.

“It’s been almost six months since we launched the Covid-19 vaccine programme for children, the staff are doing a good job, the response and cooperation from state governments are also good, the response from private clinics is also encouraging.

“But the arms are not there,” he said when replying to a question from Wong Chen (PH-Subang) in the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday.

Dr Noor Azmi said the Health Ministry (MOH) is still continuing its efforts to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated including through electronic and social media.

To date, he said there are still 926 private premises that provide vaccination facilities and 14 off-site vaccination centres.

Meanwhile, for children who missed their second dose of the vaccine, he said parents can contact the nearest health clinic to make an appointment for the second dose. – The Edge Markets

Malaysia launches clinical practise guidelines on menopause management

Malaysia is now one of the pioneers in the management of menopause guidelines in South-east Asia with the launch of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) of Management of Menopause in Malaysia today.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the launch marked a historical achievement in Malaysian healthcare milestone and the ministry will support such an initiative by efforts to increase awareness surrounding menopause.

“A woman’s health during her post-menopausal years carries an enormous weight towards the health and economic productivity of our nation,” he said in a pre-recorded video shown to the participants during the launch of the CPG here today.

According to Khairy, the average life span of a Malaysian woman in 2021 is 78.3 years compared to 73.2 years for a Malaysian man.

“Half of our ladies will live their lives beyond the age of 78 years. So, it is hoped that this CPG would be the first step in educating Malaysian healthcare workers to be proactive in managing menopausal health,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chair of the CPG committee and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Premitha Damodaran said the guideline covers various information on menopausal symptoms, clinical assessment and investigations, various treatments and their effects as well as religious perspectives on menopause.

She said the CPG will be made available on various platforms including the Ministry of Health, the Academy of Medicine Malaysia, the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia, and the Malaysian Menopause Society.

“For a start, the CPG will be available for the health workers before it can be available for the general public in four languages — Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil,” Premitha told reporters after the launch.

The CPG which is a collaborative initiative by the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Malaysia; Malaysian Menopause Society and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology under the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia will also be made accessible via Android and iOS under Malaysian Health Technology Assessment Section or MyMAHTAS. – Bernama