Cancer a chronic disease by 2015

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 04 Oct 2003

From the Malay Press

CANCER will become controllable and be defined as a chronic disease by 2015 worldwide, just like asthma and diabetes, according to a study in the United States.  

Berita Harian quoted Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng as saying that cancer would be controlled globally and cancer patients would not succumb or suffer much due to it. 

The study by the US National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland was an accomplishment, Chua said, adding that in Malaysia some 40,000 cases emerged every year. 

He said cancer was often perceived as a frightening disease while those who had cancer often saw it as a death penalty. 

Chua said researchers from seven local health institutes would co-operate with scientists from around the world in various fields.  

This would include exchanging information and obtaining grants for local researchers to conduct studies at the US National Health Institute. 

Chua said Malaysia started global networking with medical research institutes to expand the country’s bioscience, biotechnology and biomedical sectors. 

The Traditional Medicine Institute of Bethesda in the US and the Chinese National Traditional Medicine Academy were among those that agreed to co-operate with Malaysia.  

Utusan Malaysia reported Syarie Chief Judge Datuk Zohdi Toha as dismissing allegations that Syariah court judges were prejudiced against women. 

He said the allegations were baseless as court decisions were based on facts, research and laws based on the teachings of Islam. 

On delayed cases, he said the failure by plaintiffs and defendants to present valid evidence contributed to the delay. 

“It is not fair to just blame the courts. Sometimes, the plaintiff does not know what she is claiming for in court. In these instances, it is not the responsibility of the court, the judge or the court officer to teach, guide or help the parties,” he said at a press conference, adding that the court was bound to existing laws, rules and practices. 

At the same press conference, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo said the Selangor Syariah Court had reduced the number of cases from 2,378 to 810 between January and June. 

He said this was due to the establishment of the Sulh Council, comprising specific officers, which resolves the cases before they are registered in court.  

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