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Sabah sets zero inherited thalassaemia births target by 2030

KOTA KINABALU, July 6 (Bernama) — The Sabah Health Department has set a target of zero inherited thalassaemia births by 2030. 

Sabah Minister of Health and People’s Well-being Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung said based on department records, there were 33 babies born with thalassaemia in Sabah in 2016, which then reduced to 26 the following year before dropping further to seven in 2018. 

He said the department's thalassaemia screening programme at its health clinics was one way of identifying and treating patients with the inherited blood disorder.

“The main target of the screenings from 2008 to 2015 were teenagers, expectant mothers, relatives of patients, thalassaemia carriers and couples to be married. 

“However, from 2016, the scope of the screening programme was widened and also focused on every Form Four student in Sabah,” Poon said in his speech when officiating the opening of the state-level 2019 World Thalassaemia Day celebrations here today. 

Poon said a total of 88,616 Form Four students in Sabah were screened under the programme from 2016-2018, out of which 5,164 or 5.8 percent were confirmed to be thalassaemia carriers. 

He urged more parents to allow their children to undergo screening as this was not only important to determine if they were stricken with the disorder or were carriers, but to take steps to ensure it is not, as far as possible, inherited by their children as well. 

“Close cooperation between ministries, departments and relevant parties will fortify screening, treatment and preventive efforts in the state and country,” he said.....

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Study on Sarawak's underground water underway - Baru Bian


TANJUNG MANIS, July 6 (Bernama) -- A study has been carried out to identify suitable areas for the purpose of extracting underground water in Sarawak especially in the coastal areas, said Works Minister Baru Bian.

 
 

Police looking for fishermen behind fish bombing incident


KOTA KINABALU, July 6 (Bernama) -- The police are looking for the fishermen who allegedly used the fish bomb which resulted in the deaths of two Chinese tourists and a local diving coach in waters off Semporna yesterday.

 
 

JTKSwk to provide jobs for ex-addicts


KUCHING, July 6 (Bernama) -- The Department of Labour Sarawak (JTKSwk) will co-operate with the National Anti-Drugs Agency (NADA) in the effort to provide job opportunities to former participants of its treatment, medical and rehabilitation programmes.

 
 

Viralled message on road collapse in Miri city not true


MIRI, July 6 (Bernama) – The viralled message on social media that the front portion of the road from Columbia Hospital to Petronas Service Station along Jalan Bulan Sabit, one of Miri city’s busiest street, is in danger of collapsing is not true.

 
 

UMS Industry@Campus programme boosts marketability of graduates


KOTA KINABALU, July 6 (Bernama) -- Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) has enhanced the marketability of its graduates through the Industry@Campus programme, which is a collaborative initiative with local and foreign industries.

 
 

24 boats booked over various offences in Semporna waters


SEMPORNA, July 6 (Bernama) -- Marine police have booked 24 boats for committing various offences under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 during an operation here.

 
 

I did not approve ownership for lot of land in Kota Kinabalu - Aziz


KOTA KINABALU, July 5 (Bernama) - Deputy Home Minister Datuk Azis Jamman has denied allegations that he had approved the ownership of a piece of land here.

 
 

Tourists' safety should be given priority- Mohamaddin


KOTA KINABALU, July 5  (Bernama) -- Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister  Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi strongly condemned the fish bombing activities carried out by some fishermen and individuals in the country’s territorial waters.

 
 

Tourists, scuba diver killed by fish bombs in Semporna


SEMPORNA, July 5  (Bernama) -- Two foreign tourists and a local scuba diver were believed to be killed by fish bombs while diving in waters off Pulau Kalapuan near here today.

 
 

Pulau Sebatik area in Sabah to be developed into border town


TAWAU, July 5 (Bernama) -- The Pulau Sebatik area in Tawau, Sabah has the potential to be developed into a border town to capitalise on the large market presented by the three million population of neighbouring North Kalimantan in Indonesia.

 
 
 

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UPSR students get free food until December

 
     

Curfew in ESSZone extended to Dec 7

 
     

Throwing caution to the wind over cockles

 
     

12 packages of Pan Borneo Highway in Sabah to be completed by June 2022

 
     
 
     
 

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