‘Seek advice before making claims’

Representatives from three hospitals and 26 health clinics showing the thumbs-up after receiving mock cheques from Dr Hilmi (centre) to run their respective activities.

MELAKA: Those who wish to promote baby food supplements should seek the views and advice of relevant experts first before making claims.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said this was to ensure that such individuals, including artistes, had the proper knowledge of the product they wanted to promote.

He said unlike adults, babies had special nutritional requirements to ensure their healthy growth and development.

“For the first six months, breast milk is sufficient in providing the babies with all the vitamins and minerals they require.

“After that, they may consume supplementary food which is formulated for babies’ special needs,” he told reporters after a get-together programme with Melaka hospital visitors’ board (HVB) and health clinic advisory panel (HCAP) at the Melaka International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh here.

Also present were state Health, Sports Development and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman Datuk Wira Ab Rahaman Ab Karim and state Health director Datuk Dr Ghazali Othman.

Dr Hilmi said approval from the Medicine Advertisements Board must also be obtained before medical products or healthcare facilities and services could be advertised.

He said currently government health clinics were providing nutritional advice to guide mothers in providing their babies with a balanced diet.

“If such advice is followed properly, no additional supplements are needed,” he said.

On another matter Dr Hilmi said a 500-bed women and children’s hospital, and a health training centre would be built in the state under the Fourth Rolling Plan of the 11th Malaysia Plan.

“Preliminary work for the projects will start this year,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Hilmi presented mock cheques worth RM10,000 each to three HVB and RM5,000 each to 26 HCAP to help the hospitals and clinics run their activities.

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