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TB Deaths High Due To Late Treatment

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR -- Tuberculosis (TB) claims about 1,500 to 2,000 lives annually in Malaysia, with an average of six deaths occurring every day.

Head of TB/Leprosy Sector at the Health Ministry's Disease Control Division Dr Mohamed Naim Abdul Kadir, who revealed these statistics, said about 20,000 to 25,000 new TB cases are recorded in Malaysia each year.

Describing the number of fatalities as high, he said the deaths were mainly due to the delay in seeking medical treatment.

Coping With Pulmonary Hypertension

By Nurhumairra Adnan

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Creative director Cheah Pih Nyuk was about 19 when she found herself getting tired very quickly. Even the slightest exertion would leave her gasping for breath.

The general practitioners who she consulted advised her to exercise more, which was not really the solution as she always ended up feeling more tired than before.

Cheah, who is now 36, said it took doctors a good 10 years to diagnose her condition, namely pulmonary hypertension (PH).

DBP Steps Up Efforts To Boost Use Of Bahasa Melayu

By Lucia Terey John

JOHOR BAHRU -- Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) has implemented various activities and campaigns to encourage and promote the use of Bahasa Melayu in various sectors to forge unity among Malaysians.

Last year, DBP launched Gerakan Dekad Bahasa Kebangsaan (GDBK) or National Language Decade Movement to promote Bahasa Melayu as the language of communication in various fields in both the public and private sectors.

According to DBP Southern Region director Norhafizah Mohamed Husin, GDBK is a continuation of the campaigns the agency had carried out since the 1960s to empower the national language.

New Fuel Subsidy Aimed At Right Target

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR -- An article penned by Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, which appeared in a Malay daily on Oct 6, succinctly explains why it is imperative that the across the board fuel subsidy be replaced by the Targeted Fuel Subsidy Programme. 

Making a comparison between a car with a fuel tank capacity of 30 litres and a vehicle equipped with a 70-litre capacity tank, Saifuddin Nasution said in accordance with the prevailing RON95 petrol prices at the time he wrote his article, it would have cost the owner of the first car about RM62 each time he or she filled up the tank, with his or her monthly petrol expenses coming to about RM249.60.   

In the second scenario, it would have cost the owner about RM145.60 to fill up the tank and the monthly petrol bill may amount to about RM582.40.

Fikirlah: It Pays To Be Prudent

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR -- Only about RM100 -- this is the monthly electricity bill of a nine-member household here that has four air conditioners installed in their house.

It is my colleague Adira's household and I asked her how she manages to keep her bill so low.

Adira, who lives in a double-storey house with her husband, six children and mother-in-law, puts it down to her family's proactive power utilisation approach.

Even One Polio Case Is An Outbreak

By Sakina Mohamed

KUALA LUMPUR -- The three-month-old infant from Tuaran, Sabah who contracted polio was under-immunised with polio vaccine and was thus not protected, said consultant paediatrician and clinical immunologist Datuk Dr Musa Mohd Nordin.

According to the Malaysian National Immunisation Schedule, infants are to receive the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) at ages two months, three months and five months. A booster shot also needs to be administered when the child is 18 months old in order to be fully protected.

However, the infected infant had only received the first dose of polio immunisation, making him under immunised, said Dr Musa.

Dangerous To Use Landline During Storm

By Tengku Faezah Tengku Yusof

KUALA LUMPUR -- The rainy season is upon us and with that comes thunderstorms and the risk posed by lightning strikes.

Speaking of lightning, did you know it is more dangerous to talk on a corded landline phone than a cellular phone during a thunderstorm?

Landlines are more dangerous simply because the cable connection to the phone conducts electricity, which increases the possibility of the user being struck by lightning, said Malaysian Meteorological Department director-general Jailan Simon.