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PRESS STATEMENT: ISLAMIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (IMAM) ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE 2017

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In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM) was formed in 1990 and has been active doing humanitarian relief work be it locally or internationally, consolidating Islamic practices and knowledge with current medical practice.

This year, we are again the proud organisers of the 19th Annual Scientific Conference of Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM) 2017 that is themed “Islamic Perspective on Global Health” which was held on the 29th Sept-1st October 2017 at the Putra Regency Hotel, Kangar Perlis together with our colleagues from Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Perlis and Pejabat Mufti Negeri Perlis. We had 250-300 delegates from all over the country attending this conference.

The opening ceremony was graced by His Highness DYMM Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin ibni Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail.

We have had three very well attended pre-congress events on Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Dental Trauma Care, principles of Islamic Medical Jurisprudence and Immunization Counselling (Training of trainers).

One of the highlights of this event is the kayuhan Asnaf held on the 29th September. This event was graced by His Highness Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, Raja Muda of Perlis. It was a charity bicycle ride to provide donations to the needy during the cycling tour.

Also a highlight, our Az-Zahrawi memorial lecture this year was delivered by the Mufti of Perlis.

We have also built international networks in the field of medicine. We are proud that in recognition of this international networking one of our past presidents, Dato’ Musa Mohd Nordin, was awarded the lifetime achievement award by His Excellency President Erdogan of Turkey in Istanbul in August this year.

This year our conference also focused on the importance of having evidence in the claims that many people make about medical treatment claiming them to be Islamic and so on. There were also discussions on how to disseminate medical information through the power of social media.

We are also proud to have launched a syariah compliant medical indemnity scheme for medical professionals known as Avicenna Medical Practitioner Indemnity Takaful (AVIT) in partnership with Tradewinds international Insurance Broker and Mediwealth Consultancy.

We had a forum on disabilities with our star guest, the paralympic champion Ridzuan Puzi.

His inspiring story as narrated by his dad brought tears to many eyes.

The forum on pedophilia and child abuse also caused much distress to the audience. We coordinated this talk with the group “Mothers Against Pornography”, Social Media Activists and also medical specialists in this field.

Still on the topic of social media, we invited three prominent social media activists from the Malaysian Medical Gazette, Medtweetmy and Medical Mythbuster Malaysia, to gain insight into how they set up their websites and how they countered false medical claims in the virtual world.

In terms of relief work, IMAM Response & Relief Team (IMARET) has been continuing and improving missions from previous years. IMARET has been actively involved in Rohingya Clinics in the Klang valley nearly every alternate weekend. With the recent upsurge of more than 400000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh. We are now working with the Ministry of Health and many other partner NGOs to alleviate this massive man-made catastrophe.

We hope this Rohingya initiative and all other IMAM efforts will gain good support nationwide.

From this conference in Kangar, Perlis we sumarise and hope that:

1)   The public is aware and does adequate study before believing claims of cure from medications/medical procedures

2)  That a shariah compliant medical indemnity is now available for medical personnel.

3)   Further serious action needs to be taken on the ills of pedophilia and child abuse.

4)  More networking should be done in the care of persons with disabilities so that they are given chances that has produced our paralympic champions.

5) The Rohingya crisis needs urgent attention and urge the government of Malaysia and Bangladesh to cooperate with urgency to allow Malaysia to send as much aid and relief as possible iincluding the deployment of medical personnel. This is of paramount importance and urgency.

Thank you

Dr Jefferey Abu Hassan

IMAM President 2016-2018

 

 

 


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IMA ASEAN Press Release On Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3 SEPTEMBER 2017
 
The Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM) and our partners in the ASEAN region regularly operates clinics and charitable activities to cater for the health and welfare of the Rohingya refugees.
We therefore feel compelled to voice our concern regarding the recent escalation of killings of the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, Myanmar. About 400-3000 innocent men, women and children have been reported killed in the past week. 10 thousand homes and shops were burnt and destroyed by the Burmese military. Women and children have drowned trying to cross the river Naaf into Bangladesh. The ongoing violence against the Rohingyas is totally unacceptable by any standards of humanity.
The Rohingyas have been living in the Rakhine (Arakan) state of Myanmar for generations and centuries but have effectively been rendered stateless, with absolutely no rights in their country of birth.
Human Rights Watch in its 2013 report and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR called on the Myanmar government to end the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas.
The Secretary General of the UN on 1 September 2017 urged restraint and calm to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Rakhine following the security operations by the Burmese military.
The following day, the UN’s World Food Program suspended its activities of providing food aid to the Internally Displaced Rohingyas due to the increasing violence.
For the sake of basic human rights, decency and dignity, the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia and our health and medical partners in the ASEAN region; call upon the:
1.    The Myanmar government to allow aid and relief workers to be immediately dispatched to the areas affected by the conflict, to assume their work without fear of violence.
2.    Nobel Laureate, Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s civilian government to live up to the basic values of peace, justice and humanity towards the Rohingyas in Myanmar as Alfred Nobel willed, “… the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
3.    The Myanmar government to work closely with her ASEAN neighbours to resolve the Rohingya crisis amicably and peacefully as ASEAN Spirit Soar Above All Frailties And Boundaries, ASEAN Spirit Roar Against Wars, Pests and Miseries”
4.    All ASEAN countries to allow in and provide temporary shelter to the Rohingya refugees as “ASEAN Spirit Leads Us To Justice, And the Common Good Transforms Us, Into Grains To Feed, Steel To Build …”
Dr Jeffrey Abu Hassan
On behalf of Islamic Medical Associations of the ASEAN region
President
Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia,
*Download Full Statement here

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The 1st Shariah Based Medical Indemnity Takaful

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KUALA LUMPUR, August 3rd – Today marked a milestone for Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia(IMAM). An MOU has been signed between IMAM, Mediwealth Consultancy and Tradewinds, which was held at AIA Mall Kuala Lumpur.

This MOU officiates the shariah compliance medical indemnity takaful for health professionals called Avicenna Medical Practitioners Indemnity (API).

IMAM was represented by Deputy President Dr Jamali (Consultant O&G), Dr Azlan Helmy Abd Samat (Gen Secretary), Dr Ahmad Yusuf Yahaya(Treasurer) and Dr Munawwar Helmi (EXCO).

Mediwealth was represented by Managing Director ;En Hamzah Kammapu, CEO Pn Alfa Abdullah, CFO Pn Roza .

Tradewinds hosted the MOU and was represented by CEO En Shaari and team En Jaafar and Pn Zarina.

IMAM members are encouraged to subscribe API and enjoy the benefits that will be announced soon.

Insyaallah, official launching of API will take place at Regency Hotel Perlis in conjunction with IMAM Annual Scientific Conference on the 30th September 2017.

With regards to PI coverage.

Below is the link to terms and information for the PI and its’ form.

https://goo.gl/VJP9nm

Download the form here

The filled form can be scan n email to

jaafar@tradewindscorp-insbrok.com

And cc to

mediwealthconsultancy@gmail.com

Any enquiries, pls contact

Pn Rozaleena: 0122975720
Cik Anis: +60 17 300 4981
En Jaafar: 60192698247
Pn Zarina: 012 258 6889


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Malaysian doctor accorded FIMA Lifetime Achievement Award

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Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

21 July 2017, Istanbul: Malaysian paediatrician and neonatologist Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin was awarded the FIMA (Federation of Islamic Medical Associations) Lifetime Achievement award today in recognition of his humanitarian contributions to the health and wellbeing of fellow mankind.

The award was presented by the President of Turkey, HE Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the historic Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, with the citation read by Dr Jeffrey Abu Hassan, the President of Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM). Over 1,000 delegates attended the Gala Dinner, including 400 students who participated in the FIMA student camp held concurrently.

FIMA is the parent body of Islamic Medical Associations in 41 countries, with a strong track record in various charitable health projects globally. FIMA Save Vision, a programme to eradicate blindness, has undertaken 1.5 million outpatient consultations in 25 countries and performed 150,000 eye operations curing blindness. The programme earned FIMA the Richard & Hinda Rosenthal award from the American College of Physicians, USA.

FIMA Save Smile, a programme providing surgical repair of cleft lip and palate, and FIMA Save Dignity, a programme offering surgery of fistulas affecting the vagina following a traumatic delivery, have been equally commendable.

IMAM, FIMA’s local counterpart, is no less active in serving the needs of marginalised communities in Malaysia, namely the Orang Asli, refugees and immigrant population.

Success stories include IMAM’s cost-effective, efficient and solar-powered water treatment plants that are currently operating in the Orang Asli settlements in Ulu Tiram, Johor and Dabong, Kelantan, in collaboration with the Malaysian Armed Forces and Ministry of Health. These initiatives were part of FIMA’s Save Water programme that aims to provide safe and clean water to other parts of the world.

On receiving the award, Dato Dr Musa says, “I’m honoured and humbled to receive this award but I believe the real credit goes to the ‘invisible hands’ who work tirelessly with every project I’m involved in. These are the real heroes who deserve the recognition for their time, effort and sacrifice”.

A consultant paediatrician and neonatologist in KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital and past president of IMAM, Dr Musa served two terms as President of FIMA from 2005-2009. He is now the chairman of the FIMA Advisory Council.

Dynamic and passionate about human rights and public health, he serves as the chairman of IMAM’s Rumah Solehah, a home for women and children living with HIV/AIDS, which received the 2004 Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Award for Excellence in grasssroots HIV/AIDS Initiatives. He is also the default paediatrician on call for OrphanCare, a not-for-profit organisation that connects abandoned babies to loving families.

Most known for his efforts to champion the rights of the Palestinians for justice, peace and self determination through the non-governmental organisation, Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM), Dr Musa is also the Honorary Treasurer of the Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) which advocates for the health and welfare of children in Malaysia and the region. His efforts earned him the Outstanding Asian Paediatrician Award by the Asia Pacific Paediatric Association in 2012.

Dr Musa is also a key driver in immunise4life, a national initiative to increase the national immunisation coverage of children with routine and life-saving vaccines. His book, Immunisation Controversies, co-authored with leading healthcare child health professionals and advocates in 2015 to debunk myths and misconceptions on vaccination, sold out 2000 copies within 3 months of its first print.

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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT ON FATIGUE CRASH RELATED MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS (MVA) AMONG HEALTHCARE WORKERS

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As a response to the recent incidents of health workers’ fatigue crash related Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA)
(http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/…/perils-of-the-fatigued-…/)
a meeting was held on the 25th May 2017, attended by several medical NGOs and government agencies:

1) Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan, Negeri Selangor

2) Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan Raya (JKJR)

3) Malaysian Institute Of Road Safety Research (MIROS)

4) Unit Keselamatan&Kesihatan Pekerjaan Bhgn Perkembangan Perubatan KKM

5) Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM)

6) Malaysian Medical Association (MMA)

7) Pertubuhan Amal Perubatan Ibnu Sina Malaysia (PAPISMA)

8) IKRAMHealth

9) Medical Mythbusters Malaysia

10) Green Crescent Malaysia (GCM)

11) Malaysian Integrated Medical Professionals Association (MIMPA)

12) Malaysian Primary Care Network (MPCN)

13) Medical Practitioners Coalition Association of Malaysia (MPCAM)

The meeting concluded that:

1) Motor vehicle accidents among healthcare workers, be it work-commuting accidents or post-call related should be acknowledged as an increasing and occasionally fatal problem.

2) A collective effort is needed to prevent more losses of doctors or other health workers lives, who are vital members and contributors to the health of the community.

3) A local study is required to show evidence of correlation between the working hours of doctors and MVAs. The study will involve multiple agency collaborations between MIROS, JPJ, JKR and medical NGOs. It is hoped that together with other evidences it would provide the basis for a revision of current laws and regulations pertaining to safe working hours for doctors.

4) A campaign will be carried out to raise awareness about driving safety among medical personnel. Among the components of this campaign are defensive driving workshops, talks on road safety, engaging employers about issue of safe working hours and promoting alternative transportation method to be used during post-call or after shifts.

5) Engagement with the corporate sectors and the transportation industry is needed to create widespread impact of the planned campaign. The organisers of the meeting was extremely happy that GrabMalaysia joined the meeting and expressed their interest in our efforts towards protecting healthcare workers’ safety on the roads.


It was a historical day that witnessed a collective effort from multiple agencies and organisations to bring about positive changes and creating new strategies for the challenges that are faced by Malaysian healthcare workers. It is envisaged that the various plan of actions would also benefit all members of our Malaysian society who similarly work long after-office hours.