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.
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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.
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.