Lee: All babies born this year eligible for pneumococcal vaccination


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  • Saturday, 04 Jan 2020

IPOH: Babies born this year will be eligible for a government pneumococcal vaccination programme in June, ” says Dr Lee Boon Chye.

The Deputy Health Minister said the ministry was awaiting procurement of the vaccination.

Dr Lee said once they receive the vaccine, it will be distributed to all government clinics and hospitals.

“Babies born from Jan 1 this year will be eligible, ” he said.

Under the Budget 2020, the ministry had requested RM60mil to procure the vaccine, he told reporters after visiting the Gunung Rapat Health Clinic here yesterday.

Pneumococcal vaccines protect against pneumonia, meningitis, bacteraemia and middle ear infections.On another matter, Dr Lee said since the no-smoking law for eateries was announced last year, there was a rise in smokers seeking help from government clinics to quit.

He said for just RM1, smokers wanting to quit not only get proper consultation from experts but were also provided with medication.

“I hope that with the ban fully enforced on Jan 1, more people will take the step to quit smoking.

“Those who are unable to quit must start reducing, and if they are cannot do that, they should stop smoking around people, especially when family members are around.

“From 2012 to 2018, a total of 18,600 people quit smoking after visiting the health clinics, ” he said.

When asked about the resurgence of polio in the country, Dr Lee said the percentage of Malaysian citizens getting all types of necessary vaccination was above 95%.

“The problem is undocumented children and non-citizens that are not vaccinated, ” he added.

It was recently reported that a three-month-old boy from Tuaran in Sabah was admitted to the intensive care unit due to polio.

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