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Subra: Health Ministry To Increase Fees For First Class And Second Class Wards

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will increase its charges for first class and second class wards starting next year, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. He said the charges would only affect inpatients that request to be moved to the upper two classes from a third class ward. Dr Subramaniam said they have…

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Deepavali As Basics Of Unity, Understanding Among Races

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PUTRAJAYA – MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam has urged Hindus in the country to use the Deepavali celebration as a foundation for unity and understnading among the people of various races. When making the call, he also asked this community to invite Malaysians from all walks of life, to come together to celebrate Deepavali…

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Govt Hospitals To Do ‘Fire Audit’

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KUALA LUMPUR – A “fire audit” will be carried out on all hospitals under the Health Ministry, starting with the oldest and those at high risk. This was necessary to prevent incidents like Tuesday’s blaze at the Hospital Sultanah Aminah in Johor, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. “The hospitals and concessionaires have…

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Ministry Acts On Complaints Over Imported ‘Toxic’ Honey

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KOTA TINGGI – The Health Ministry is investigating complaints that some imported honey contains highly toxic substances, said Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. The ministry has the authority to stop the import and sale of the product in the country if the claims were found to be true, he said. “The Food Safety and…

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No Mandatory Vaccination, Says Subra

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KUALA LUMPUR – Vaccination will not be made mandatory and the Health Ministry will continue to use education to encourage it, said minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. “Very few countries make vaccination mandatory. As a nation, we cannot enforce everything by law,” he said, comparing it to anti-smoking education in favour of banning cigarettes.…

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Committee To Create Healthy Environment Set Up

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PUTRAJAYA – A committee to create a healthy environment has been set up following an increase in the risk of numerous non-infectious diseases among Malaysians. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the committee involving several ministries would be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the first meeting…

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No Need Yet To Stock Snake Antivenom In Schools – Subramaniam

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KUALA LUMPUR: A number of snakebite cases involving schoolchildren recently does not necessitate the stocking of snake antivenom in schools, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. There is ample supply of the antivenom at all government hospitals in the country, he told reporters at the Parliament lobby. The minister was commenting on schoolchildren…

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Gobalakrishnan Apologises To Saravanan, Dafamation Case Settled

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KUALA LUMPUR: The defamation suit filed by Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan against N. Gobalakrishnan was settled after the Padang Serai Member of Parliament made a public apology in the High Court here Monday. The suit was filed following Gobalakrishnan’s statement in a press conference at the Sri Pacific Hotel here on…

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More Affordable Hepatitis C Treatment To Be Available Soon

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PETALING JAYA: Affordable Hepatitis C treatment will soon be available for patients once trials on generic drugs are completed. The non-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), of which the Malaysian Health Ministry is a founding member, and Egyptian drug manufacturer Pharco Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday signed agreements covering clinical testing and scale-up of a Hepatitis…

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Medical Graduates Without Minimum Grades Will Go Jobless

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PETALING JAYA: Medical graduates will find themselves unemployed if they do not have the minimum grades before enrolling into medical school. Announcing this, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the ministry was aware that agents were getting students to sign up to further their studies overseas despite some of the students not meeting…

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Cabinet’s Decision On Dr M Wise Move – Subramaniam

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Cabinet’s decision to terminate the appointment of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the adviser of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) is a wise move as he is no longer supporting the government. MIC President Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the decision was based on the premise that the appointment was done…

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Subramaniam Wants NGOs To Help Indian Community Progress

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MELAKA: MIC President Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has called on members of non-governmental organisations to help unite the Indian community towards attaining greater economic development and educational excellence. He said NGOs provided the best platform to bring the Indian community together regardless of their political affiliation and beliefs. “NGO leaders in the Indian community…

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Dengue Situation Expected To Be Worse This Year – Dr Subramaniam

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KUALA LUMPUR: The dengue situation in the country is predicted to be worse this year compared with last year, following the 26,533 cases reported from January until Wednesday. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the figure showed an increase of over 1,500 compared with 25,028 cases over the same period last year. “Out…

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Subra’s Decision On Saravanan Will Split Or Unite MIC

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By Hassan Idris PETALING JAYA: All eyes are on MIC’s central working committee (CWC) meeting tomorrow, the first after the party’s re-election on Nov 6. Top on the watch list is former party vice-president who is also Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk S. Saravanan, who lost in his bid for the party deputy…

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Subra Wants To Bring Back MIC Glory Days

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PUTRAJAYA – The 68th MIC annual general meeting tomorrow will hear an impassioned plea for members to stop politicking and put their heart and soul into work to prepare for the 14th general election. Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, who will deliver his maiden opening speech as party president at the one-day AGM, will underscore…

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Private Hospitals Can Do Transplant Surgery

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KLANG – Private hospitals in the country are allowed to do organ transplant surgeries so long as they meet the criteria imposed by the Health Ministry, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam. He said in principle, there was nothing wrong for private hospitals to do transplant surgeries should they have people with adequate qualification,…

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Patients Will Not Pay More With Ringgit Devaluation

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MELAKA – Patients seeking treatments at government hospitals and clinics will not have to pay more despite the devaluation of the ringgit which will cause a hike in prices of medicine and medical equipment in the country. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the government and private sector health providers would bear the…

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Choose Right Medicines To Avoid Side-Effects

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SHAH ALAM – The health minister has advised the public to take medicines prescribed by qualified medical practitioners, only when necessary, and to choose the right medicines to avoid side-effects. Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said not all diseases required medicines, particularly antibiotics which could slow down an individual’s healing process. “Sometimes, there are people…

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Unhealthy Eating Habit Exposes Malaysians To Health Risks

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KUANTAN – The unhealthy habit of taking meals after 11 pm exposes the public to the risk of various types of diseases. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam said it was easy for Malaysians to obtain food as such late hours of the night, making it their life style. “This a challenge that we…

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Use Of Acupunture In Surgery To Be Extended To Other Hospitals

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IPOH – The use of acupuncture in surgery to reduce pain or known as acupuncture-assisted anaesthesia (AAA) would be extended to other hospitals in the country, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. He said to date, this Chinese traditional medical procedure had only been used at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HRPB), here, Selayang…

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Subramaniam Wins MIC President Post

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KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam emerged as the 9th MIC president as he won the position, after he had won the post uncontested, at the party’s presidential elections here, yesterday. MIC election committee chairman Datuk B. Sahadevan confirmed this outside the MIC headquarters here, after the nomination process ended at 6.30pm. “Subramaniam…

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Temporarily Stop E-Cig, Shihsa Smoking, Says Dr Subramaniam

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PUTRAJAYA – Smoking using the shisha and electronic cigarette or vaping methods should be temporarily stopped until the findings on the risks are announced in two months time, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. He said his ministry was in discussions with various agencies and related parties to get their views on the…

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SMS On Branch Nominations Being Called Off A Life

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KUALA LUMPUR – MIC acting president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has described as a lie an SMS message being circulated that branch nominations scheduled for today and tomorrow have been called off by the party’s 2009 Interim Working Committee. In a statement today, he said the message had been sent by “some group with…

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Subramaniam Urges All Party Members To Accept RoS’s Decision

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KUALA LUMPUR – MIC acting president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam urged all party members to accept the Registrar of Societies (ROS)’ s decision on resolving the crisis the party is facing. He said party members and leaders including Datuk Seri G.Palanivel have to accept ROS’s decision and cooperate with MIC’s Interim 2009 Central Working…

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Country Facing Largest Dengue Epidemic Ever – Health Minister

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KUALA LUMPUR – The country is probably facing the largest dengue epidemic ever, with over 40,000 cases and 157 deaths reported since January this year. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the number was staggering when compared to what was reported during the same period last year. “The number of deaths has doubled…

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Palanivel Has No Power To Suspend – Subramaniam

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KUALA LUMPUR – MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has dismissed the order to suspend him and 14 others in the party as invalid. According to him, Datuk Seri G.Palanivel has lost his standing in the party and his right to make decisions after violating its constitution. He said today that Section 91…

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Subra,11 Others Suspended From MIC

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PETALING JAYA: MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has suspended the membership of his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam (pic) and 11 others for not abiding by his instructions to not hold any Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting. The other suspended members are vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan, Wanita chief M. Mohana, Datuk Seri SK…

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MIC Members Must Remain United Without Fractions

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PUTRAJAYA – MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam today called on all party members to remain united with no division and fractions for the betterment of the community and the nation. He made this call in the wake of the High Court’s decision to dismiss two judical review applications by party president Datuk Seri…

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Allied Healthcare Professionals Bill To Be Tabled In Parliament Soon

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Allied Healthcare Professionals Bill, which aims to help increase the standards of allied health professional services in the country, will be tabled at the current Parliament sitting, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said today. He said prior to this there were no regulatory framework covering professionals like biochemists, biologists…

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Health Ministry Hopes To Train 50,000 Kospen Volunteers

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Health Ministry hopes to train 50,000 volunteers nationwide for its healthy community programme (Kospen) by the end of 2016, according to Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. “If we can reach that target, it would be a major achievement; the number we have achieved so far is satisfactory and the enthusiasm…

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