The HEALTH : May 2019 - Page 6

The Health | MARCH, 2019 06 Current News Briefs Nutritious red ginseng for local delicacies Korea Ginseng Corporation (KGC) takes everyday Malaysian delectable cuisines to all new heights, incorporating additional nourishment and health benefits through its traditional and authentic Korean Red Ginseng ingredient. Recognizing the importance of promoting a healthier lifestyle in the form of wholesome easy-to-make recipes, KGC has partnered with international celebrity chef and media personality, Chef Anis Nabilah via unique cooking demonstration and workshop sessions held for members of the media. During the event, media were exposed to the various health benefits and recommended ways to consume Korean Red Ginseng via an interactive presentation by Lee Di Von of VHealth Traditional Chinese Medicine. Following that, Chef Anis conducted a workshop and demonstration to showcase the unique ways to infuse Korean Red Ginseng into local delicacies. Media were divided into groups and put their cooking skills to the test in whipping up Sticky Date Pudding in Korean Red Ginseng Toffee Sauce with guidance from Chef Anis. The session continued with special demonstration of Chef Anis’ signature Seafood Curry with Korean Red Ginseng much to the delight and amazement of audiences. Addressing the real concerns of Parkinson’s disease DKSH Business Unit Healthcare, has organized a health talk with Dr. Ooi Phaik Yee, consultant neurologist at Gleneagles Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, to share insights on how to recognize the early signs of this condition. Besides Parkinson’s being the second most common neuro-degenerative disease in the world, Dr. Ooi also addressed the added responsibility of caregivers. In Malaysia, the number of patients with Parkinson’s disease is expected to increase fivefold from the current estimated 20,000 to 120,000 by 2040*. Majority of those affected are elderly patients, who are 65 years old and above. Efficient care requires significant emotional and financial support from caregivers. Organized in conjunction with the World Parkinson’s Day which falls on April 11 this year, this lunch-and learn session raised awareness of early detection and addressed real concerns of Parkinson’s disease. Dr Ooi Phaik Yee said: “While there is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, caregivers need to be equipped with sufficient knowledge to care and support their loved ones.” Dr Varun Sethi, Vice President, Healthcare, South East Asia & Vietnam, DKSH, said: “We are moving towards an aging population worldwide and Malaysia is not an exception. With increasing numbers of Parkinson’s patients, it is expected to cause significant social transformation especially in family structures and intergenerational ties which may put significant mental and financial strain on the part of caregivers. With our strong network with medical specialists in the country, we are proud to partner with a leading medical center to help raise awareness of this disease.” — The Health Step up the war against superbugs Results from local survey underscores plight of fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) A ntimicrobial resis- tance (AMR) – where antibiotics that were previously effective no longer work – is a pri- ority for global health. Led by a coalition of Malaysian Society of Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy (MSIDC), Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) and Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS), and supported by Pfizer, the ‘War Against Superbugs’ campaign today presented its recent local survey of average Malaysians that examined the public’s awareness of responsible antibiotic use. Results from the survey high- lighted the urgency to further educate the public on AMR and responsible antibiotics use. Among the findings from 704 survey respon- dents, it was discovered that 86 percent do not actually understand how antibiotic resistance occurs. “Public education helps improve the way healthcare professionals prescribe antibiotics, and the way we as consumer take antibiotics helps fight antibiotic resistance and Dr Christopher Lee tells the need to strengthen public education on the proper use of antibiotics during his speech. ensures that the lifesaving drugs will be available for future generations. This war against the superbugs is going to take coordinated actions of different approaches by multiple stakeholders, such as improved public education and national action plans to implement immediate, sector-wide changes in behaviour,” said Y.B. Datuk Dr Christopher Lee, Deputy Director-General of Health (Research and Technical Support) of Ministry of Health Malaysia. A media forum with a panel of health experts comprised of Datuk Dr Christopher Lee, Associate Professor Dr Syafinaz Amin Nordin, Secretary of MSIDC, Dr Mohamed Namazie Ibrahim, President of MMA and Mr Amrahi Bin Buang, President of MPS, was held at the event to dis- cuss the awareness on AMR among Malaysians. Dr Syafinaz Amin Nordin said, “86 percent of the surveyed respondents think that resistance occurs when the body become resistant to antibiotics. This is a common misconception; it is the bacteria themselves that can develop resistance to standard treat- ment, not the human body. These bacteria can then spread to other people and cause infections. Fur- thermore, there are still ways for us to fight against the superbugs – use antibiotics responsibly, keep vaccina- tions up to date, as well as maintain good personal hygiene – are steps that we can take to join in this war.” Dr Mohamed Namazie Ibrahim said, “Doctors are on the frontline to minimize the spread of antibiotic resistance by practicing antibiotic stewardship and educating patients about the importance of using antibi- otics appropriately. By using current clinical guidelines to support rational and appropriate antibiotic prescrip- tion, communicating with patients about when and why antibiotics may not be necessary, as well as encour- aging adherence when antibiotic is needed will lead to a better-educated patient population.” Amrahi Bin Buang, President, Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society said, “As pharmacists, we are part of the fabric of a community and our members across the country see millions of people each day. This vital contact can be turned into a key weapon in our armoury in the fight against AMR. Pharmacists too can advise the public on the right use of antibiotics as part of their com- munity service.” — The Health Different but not less By Christine Zoe Sta Maria In conjunction with the World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), Sunway Putra Mall as well as The National Autism Society of Malay- sia (NASOM) celebrated hope and acceptance with more than 200 autistic children from NASOM coming together to kick-start the “Autsome April” event. Autsome is an initiative by the mall that aims to educate the public and to advocate acceptance and inclusiveness as well as celebrate togetherness with thes autism community. On a side note, this initiative is in line with Sunway’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) No.10 & No.11, to Reduce Inequalities and moving towards Sustainable Cities and Communities. Present during the event were YB Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development; H.C.Chan,; Phang Sau Lian, General Manager of Sunway Putra Mall, Feilina S.Y. Muhammad Feisol, Chairman of NASOM and 12 Autism Champions’ Representa- tives; Sunway Putra Mall, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Danajamin Nasional Berhad, Ronald McDonald House of Charities, Malaysian Min- istry of Sports and Youth, Gerbang Alaf Restaurants Sdn Bhd, Tunku Mona Riza binti Tunku Khalid, Zarina Zainuddin and Clarence Kang Zheng Wei, Umar Hasfizal and Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri. According to HC Chan, CEO of Sunway Malls and Theme Parks, “At Sunway, our vision is to become Asia’s model of sustainable develop- ment and we are projecting a more inclusive as well as sustainable pathway.” YB Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development con- gratulated the mall for being the first Autism-friendly mall in Malaysia. She stated that, “Initiatives as such should be implemented in other sec- tors and I hope to see the Corporate Social Responsibility focusing more on the disabled individuals and make it as a new culture in the corporate community.” The event was officially com- memorated with the Humanoid Robot NAO as it is part of the assis- tive technologies that have been shown to have positive effects on the social-cognitive behaviour of brain- impaired children, particularly those with autism. Sunway Putra Mall was presented Certificate of Recognition together with the other 11 individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions in making differences to the autism community. The award recognized the mall for its Autism-Friendly Initiative which has truly impacted public awareness and acceptances of the ASD community. Anthony Miranti is a parent of an Autistic individual, Andi Miranti who is the creator of The Adventures of Ned Dickens said “Autism Awareness Day is a great opportunity to meet, learn and interact with people from all walks of life.” — The Health