Malaysia to expand cancer centres for equitable treatment access

The Malaysian Ministry of Health aims to expand cancer treatment centres throughout the nation in an effort to provide equal access to high-quality care for patients. Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa highlighted that the majority of cancer treatment centres are currently situated in major cities, particularly in the Klang Valley, resulting in patients from smaller towns having to travel long distances for treatment.

Dr Mustafa emphasised the cost-effectiveness of constructing cancer treatment centres closer to patients, while also acknowledging the need to improve the capacity and capabilities of healthcare facilities in Malaysia. This includes investment in advanced technologies and professional training, particularly in the field of oncology.

“I must stress that addressing the complex challenges of cancer requires a collective effort. We need the active participation of healthcare professionals, civil society, private sector and individuals themselves to create a comprehensive and coordinated response,” she said.

Dr Mustafa also expressed her congratulations to cancer survivors and gratitude to healthcare professionals for their dedication to the well-being of cancer patients.

In related news, Dr Mustafa commented on the Malaysian government’s response to the discovery of over 43,000 school students smoking cigarettes. She revealed that the Control of Tobacco Products and Smoking Bill 2022 will be tabled in Parliament next week as a preventative measure against the smoking culture. Additionally, the Health White Paper is set to be tabled in Parliament on June 13.

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Lee Shuyi

Lee is an expat writer living in Thailand. She specialises in Southeast Asian news for the Thaiger. When she's not writing, Lee enjoys immersing herself in Thai culture and learning Thai.

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