KUALA LUMPUR – The Star’s Yuen Mei Keng and Utusan Malaysia’s Raja Intan Dianna Raja Azham each won in their respective categories at the Health Media Awards 2016 here, tonight.
Yuen with the article titled ‘Big C-Alarm’ bagged the award for the English news category, while Raja Intan Dianna with the title ‘Serangan jantung pada usia muda’ won in the Malay-language newspaper category.
Both winners took home a cash prize of RM3,000 and a certificate each at a ceremony organised by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Meanwhile, China Press reporter Tan Seow Jou was crowned winner of the Chinese language newspaper category with the headline ‘Ageing Population Series: Challenges, Solutions & Perspective’.
The Tamil newspaper category was won by journalist K. Elvaraasi of Malaysian Nanban, with the article titled ‘Leptospirosis’.
Khairunnisa Kasnoon, received the top prize in the Malay Television category through the programme entitled ‘Harapan untuk Anak Autism’.
Khairunnisa, 32, who hails from Kuala Lumpur, took home RM3,000 and a certificate of appreciation.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Television category was won by RTM through a programme titled ‘Cervical Cancer’.
The Malay language Magazine Award category was won by Noreen Ahmad Tajuddin of iSihat, with the article titled ‘Derma Darah, Jantung Sihat’.
The Ministry of Health received a total of 323 entries from all media, namely television, radio, newspapers and magazines of various languages in all 18 categories contested.
The prizes were presented by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
Earlier, in his speech at the ceremony, Dr Subramaniam said the ministry would not be able to achieve its goal of wanting people to adopt a healthy lifestyle without the cooperation of the media.
The role of the media in conveying accurate information about health issues could change the way people live, he said.
Also present were his deputy, Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya, MOH secretary-general Datuk Dr Chen Chaw Min, director-general of Health, Datuk Dr Hisham Abdullah and Malaysian Press Institute chief executive officer, Datuk Chamil Wariya. – BERNAMA