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Berita MPA October 2006

The recent outbreak of poliomyelitis in Girijaya Village, Sukabumi District in West Java showed just how small the world is and how easily a virus can travel around the globe. The first case in March 2005 was a 20-month old boy infected with the wild polio virus (WPV) P1. Despite mopping up exercises and National Immunisation Days throughout 2005 and 2006, the outbreak claimed 305 cases in 47 districts and 10 provinces. There were six deaths.
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Berita MPA July 2006

There is no argument that vaccines have led to the reduction of previously fatal infectious diseases. With every new vaccine that is introduced, there are both proponents and opponents. In fact, if one were to 'Google' or web-search 'vaccine', the sites that appear first are anti-vaccine sites. Perhaps the opponents have a louder voice and have more control over cyberspace.
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Berita MPA April 2006

Towards the end of the 20th century, we saw the introduction of new vaccines such that the early part of this century can be considered as a decade of new vaccines. From Edward Jenner's first cowpox-smallpox vaccine in 1796, vaccine production has moved from vaccines against viral illnesses through toxoids to bacterial diseases.
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Berita MPA January 2006

Do all of us report cases under the Ministry of Health list of notifiable diseases? Do we report all suspected cases of child abuse and neglect? Do we truthfully return the orange MPSU (Malaysian Paediatric Surveillance Unit) card previously distributed to MPA members?
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Berita MPA July 2005

In the 80s and 90s MPA concentrated mainly on scientific discourse and interaction among paediatricians. Towards the end of the 20th century, when Prof Dato' Dr Raja Khuzaiah was the president, a conscious effort was made for MPA to act as the disseminator of information on paediatrics and child health to the public. The issue at that time was the reluctance of parents to allow lumbar punctures on their children, our patients.
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Berita MPA April 2005

The term of office for the current (2004-2005) Executive Committee only lasted nine months from our 2nd Asian Congress of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ACPID) in Sabah in September 2004 to the 9th Asian Pan-Pacific Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (APPSPGHN) Congress in June 2005.
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Berita MPA January 2005

The 26th Annual General Meeting of the MPA held on Friday, 3 September 2004 at Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu had the expected cool turnout. Other than the election of office-bearers, two resolutions to amend the constitution were discussed and subsequently passed after an in-depth discussion.
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Berita MPA October 2004

It was in May 2004 that the MPA and Federation of Thalassaemia Societies of Malaysia organised the 1st National Seminar on Thalassaemia and launch of Thalassaemia Week in Malaysia. At the event, a group of thalassaemics sent a declaration and plea to the Honourable Minister of Health to help them lead a normal life by providing the life-saving iron chelating agent, desferrioxamine
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