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Make first aid training ‘a must’
Webmaster on 13-Jul-2010 17:06

TheStar Metro NORTH 10-Jul-2010

VIPS: Abdul Rahman and his consort arriving for the Penang St John Ambulance Malaysia annual marching inspection at Padang Polo. With them is Dr Yee (right)

FIRST aid training should be made compulsory for the public so that lives can be saved, said St John Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM) commander-in-chief Datuk Dr Low Bin Tick.

He said first aid knowledge was essential as many lives were lost due to the poor pre-hospital aid.

“During an emergency, the best people to help an individual are family members, friends or passers-by.

“Therefore, it is important for everyone to be equipped with first aid knowledge so that they can always help by providing pre-hospital assistance before sending the casualty to the hospital,” Dr Low said during the Penang SJAM annual parade at Padang Polo recently.

A total of 450 SJAM members from various secondary schools in Penang took part in the parade which was attended by Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff.

Earlier, SJAM state commander Datuk Dr Yee Thiam Sun said the organisation’s Emergency Ambulance Service (EMAS) had received 6,529 emergency calls in Penang since it began operation in 2007 until May this year.

“We have attended to 3,195 medical cases and 2,307 road accident cases,” he said in his speech.

On the response time, Dr Yee said Penang SJAM managed to achieve the London Ambulance Service Standard’s response time of within 19 minutes compared to the Health Ministry’s target of 30 minutes.

“We responded within 19 minutes for 94% of the 2,144 calls received in 2009,” he said.

Desire to see fewer renal patients
Webmaster on 11-Jul-2010 20:21

TheStar July 8, 2010

INSTEAD of seeing more haemodialysis machines, Social Security Organisation (Socso) chairman Datuk Abu Huraira Abu Yazid prefers a drop in the number of patients who suffer from kidney problems.

He was speaking at the presentation of two new haemodialysis machines costing RM40,000 each from Socso to the Penang Haemodialysis Community Association at Wisma St John Ambulance of Penang on Friday.

In addition to the two new haemodialysis machines, the association has another six machines.

“Hopefully, with the addition of these two machines, the association will be able to improve its services to all Socso-insured patients,” the chairman said.

A total of 281 dialysis treatment centres across the country have been appointed by Socso to be its panel dialysis centres.

In Penang, 30 haemodialysis centres handle Socso-insured patients.

Also present during the presentation were Penang Socso director Noorhanita Mohamad, senior general manager of operations Dr Mohd Azman Aziz Mohammed, president of Penang Rotary Club Gerard Robless, Penang St John Ambulance state superintendent Teh Kwan Liek, manager of community haemodialysis Penang Dr K. Danesh.

Basic Volunteerism Workshop
Webmaster on 07-Jul-2010 23:16

The Institut Sosial Malaysia had extended the invitation to attend the Basic Volunteerism Workshop for 10 members of our organisation

Date: 23 July 2010 to 25 July 2010
Time: 1.00 pm (Registration)
Venue: Hotel Royal Penang, 3 Jalan Larut, 10050 Penang.

Officers and members who are interested to attend the above workshop are
request to contact the admin office (Mr. Khor) by the 10 July 2010.

Thank you for your support in Flag Day
Webmaster on 28-Jun-2010 10:13

SJAM Penang would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of you, who directly or indirectly, in making this year flag day a success. Thanks you very much!

Study: No link between telco towers and kids' cancer risk
Webmaster on 23-Jun-2010 20:35

TheStar June 23, 2010

LONDON: Children whose mothers lived close to a mobile phone tower while pregnant did not appear to be at any higher risk of cancer than children whose mothers lived farther away, a new study finds.

British researchers analysed 1,397 cancer cases in children up to age 4 from 1999 to 2001 in the United Kingdom. Using a national birth registry, they identified 5,588 similar children without cancer.

Next, they compared how far the children’s mothers lived from a cell phone tower and the stations’ signal strengths. No significant differences were seen between the two groups.

The study was paid for by an independent body set up to provide money for research into the health effects of mobile phones, funded by Britain’s department of health and the mobile telecommunications industry. Paul Elliott, the study’s lead author, was a member of the body’s program management committee. The research was published online Wednesday in the medical journal, BMJ.


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