To vaccinate or not?

As of 10 March 2020, over 100,000 people have been infected with the deadly and contagious COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-like disease is a type of coronavirus that infects humans, bats and other mammals, and has killed over 4,000 people worldwide. Since the virus emerged in Wuhan, China, scientists from different nations have been racing to develop a vaccine to fight the deadly disease.

10 March 2020

Polio returns to Malaysia after almost 30 years

Malaysia has reported its first polio case in 27 years, health authorities said Sunday, announcing a three-month-old baby had been diagnosed on Borneo island.The Malaysian health ministry's director-general, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said the baby from Tuaran in eastern Sabah state had been admitted into intensive care after experiencing fever and muscle weakness."The patient is currently undergoing treatment in an isolation ward and is in a stable condition but needs respiratory suppor

9 December 2019

The re-emerging threat of measles

Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released data showing that over 41,000 children and adults in Europe have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018, resulting in 37 deaths. Ukraine, plagued by conflict between the eastern secessionist territories and the Kiev government, has been the hardest hit with over 23,000 people affected.

23 August 2018

The best ways to reduce infant mortality

One of the more ambitious targets of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the commitment to end preventable deaths of newborns and children over the next decade. If this target is met, by 2030 no country will have a neonatal mortality rate above 12 deaths per 1,000 births – a quarter of the current rate in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.Given the magnitude of the challenge, huge investments will be needed in health-care infrastructure and planning.

6 August 2018