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Eighth cluster detected in Sabah – Health DG

September 24, 2020 | News | No Comments

The Health Ministry (MOH) has reported another new Covid-19 cluster in Sabah, the eighth in the state, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said.

The new cluster, named the Udin cluster was detected in Tawau, with its index case (case 9894) involving a 72-year-old local woman, this after she underwent screening at the Merotai Health Clinic in Tawau on Sept 12.

Following this, close contact tracing was done and two more positive cases were detected yesterday, both involving Filipinos who were asymptomatic and who are now being treated at the Tawau hospital.

“To date, 128 people have been screened, with three testing positive, 71 negative while 54 more are awaiting results. The source of infection is being investigated,” he said in a statement.

On active clusters, he said four more clusters in Sabah recorded an increase in new cases, namely the Benteng LD, Bangau-Bangau, Laut and Pulau clusters while in Kedah, the Sungai cluster also saw an increase in new cases.

The Benteng LD cluster reported another 105 cases, taking its total to 729 cases so far; while eight new cases were recorded for Bangau Bangau (total 13 cases) and Laut (total 12 cases), two for Pulau (total 37 cases) and four more for Sungai (total 87 cases).

Following the surge in Covid-19 cases in Sabah, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry will strengthen preparedness efforts through 23 hospital laboratories and 22 MOH health clinic laboratories that carry out Rapid Test Kit-Antigen (RTK-Ag) testing.

It will also increase real-time Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) laboratory capacity in the state to 2,500 tests a day.

“If the number (Covid-19 testing) surpasses 2,500 a day, the surplus samples will be sent to the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) via Royal Malaysian Air Force flights and courier services.

He said the MOH was now working on developing a molecular laboratory at the Tawau Hospital, in addition to waiting for the delivery of GeneXpert Covid-19 cassettes from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for use at the Tawau, Sandakan Hospital and Lahad Datu hospitals.


MASIH ramai individu beranggapan untuk mempercepatkan proses menurunkan berat badan perkara utama perlu dilakukan adalah menghabiskan masa berjam-jam di gimnasium.

Jika tidak berkesempatan ke gimnasium, maka berjoging atau berzumba menjadi pilihan.

Pun begitu, tanpa disedari untuk mendapatkan berat badan ideal senaman memerlukan 20 peratus sahaja, manakala baki 80 peratus pula bergantung pada pemakanan.

Tiada gunanya, korang bersenam sehingga sakit badan, walhal mengamalkan corak pemakanan tidak sepatutnya dan makan pula secara berlebihan.

Justeru, bagaimana cara untuk mengelakkan diri daripada overeat?

Jangan gusar, segmen Sihat Cantik kali ini berkongsi 3 cara terbaik. Jika ia diamalkan secara sistematik kita dapat menurunkan berat badan dengan mudah dan sihat.

1- Makan secara perlahan
Ketika menikmati apa sahaja hidangan, cuba belajar mengunyah perlahan-lahan sebanyak 30 kali atau 12 minit sehingga lumat.

Cara tersebut membolehkan otak menerima isyarat kenyang yang mana kita akan berhenti sebelum kekenyangan.

2- Bijirin penuh
Elak menu bergoreng, berminyak dan makanan ringan sebaliknya, pilih makanan bijirin penuh seperti roti mil penuh dan bijirin serta buah epal, avokado atau strawberi.

Kategori makanan berkenaan bukan sahaja baik untuk sistem pelawasan, bahkan membantu membuatkan perut kenyang dalam tempoh lama.

3- Senaman
Selain pemakanan, bersenam juga solusi terbaik untuk mengelakkan kita makan secara berlebihan. Ini disebabkan menerusi aktiviti sedemikian ia akan mengeluarkan hormon yang meningkatkan mood gembira, sekali gus mengurangkan rasa lapar.


During the Ministry of Health’s press conference today (12 May), Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah addressed concerns about a second wave that could hit Malaysia during the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

“Indeed many countries are worried about the second wave and we are equally worried,” he said.

“But more importantly we have implemented the movement control order (MCO) one, two, three and four, and today we have seen the success of the MCO.”

“Which means that we managed to flatten the curve and managed to bring down the figures from three digits to two digits.”

Dr Noor Hisham then acknowledged the recent update of 16 new cases which is the lowest increase since the MCO started. Of that number, three are imported cases, which means that only 13 cases are locally transmitted – nine foreign workers and four locals.

“We hope we can continue to have a low figure and hopefully we are able to bring down local transmission as fast as possible,” he said.

He then reiterated that the CMCO is not an exit strategy but an ease of movement order, and went on to explain the six criteria for an exit strategy.

“The utilisation of the ICU is becoming less and our Covid-19 wards are almost empty now,” he said.

“This is because of the success and implementation of the policies we have from the public health aspect.”

This is certainly good news for all of us. Let’s cooperate with the SOP so that there will not be second wave in our country. 


As we are trying to make our days count during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, the Malaysian government has recently developed a mobile application — MySejahtera — to assist the citizens in monitoring the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. According to MySejahtera’s website, this application also provides necessary information for the Ministry of Health to plan for early and effective countermeasures.

Apparently, this app allows users to perform self-assessments on themselves and their family members. Users are also allowed to monitor their health progress throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. If needed, the app will also be able to locate the nearest hospitals and clinics for Covid-19 screening and treatment.

This app was developed through strategic cooperation between the National Security Council (NSC), the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

How do we use the app? Here are six steps provided by MySejahtera on its website.

Step 1: Scan the QR Code or click “Daftar” on the https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my

Step 2: Enter your mobile phone number or email address

Step 3: Click the ‘Submit’ button. You will receive a One Time Pin (OTP) via SMS from MySMS 63839 (if you registered using phone number) or email (if you registered using email)

Step 4: Enter the OTP and click ‘Send’

Step 5: Fill in your registration details and click ‘Send’. You will receive a ‘Successful Registration’ message

Step 6: Download the MySejahtera application

The app is available on Apple App Store, Google Play Store as well as Huawei AppGallery. It is supported by all Android smartphone users running version 4.4 and above, as well as iPhone users running iOS 11 and above.

Admin tried registering and installing the app, it is absolutely easy to get through. I have also done the health self-assessment by answering the questions given, the app then classified me under the “Low Risk” group. There is also a total of six classifications, namely Low Risk, Casual Contact, Close Contact, Person Under Surveillance (PUS), Person Under Investigation (PUI), and Confirmed Case.

Here’s a list of description for the classifications:

  1. Low Risk: Individuals with low risk of Covid-19 infection.
  2. Casual Contact: Individuals who were likely exposed to another person infected with Covid-19.
  3. Close Contact: Individuals who have been exposed to individuals infected with Covid-19. This covers:
    • Healthcare-associated exposure, including providing direct care for Covid-19 patients without using appropriate PPE, working with health care workers infected with Covid-19, visiting patients or staying in the same close environment of a Covid-19 patient.
    • Working together in close proximity or sharing the same classroom environment with a with Covid-19 patient
    • Travelling together with Covid-19 patient in any kind of conveyance
    • Living in the same household as a Covid-19 patient
  4. Person Under Surveillance (PUS): Individuals who are at risk of being infected with Covid-19, for example, individuals with a history of travelling abroad within 14 days.
  5. Person Under Investigation (PUI): Individuals who are at risk of being infected with Covid-19, for example, individuals with a history of travelling abroad within 14 days before the onset of symptoms or who have attended mass gatherings.
  6. Confirmed Case: Individuals tested positive for Covid-19.

Other than the classification on the app, it also provides the latest information on Covid-19. If you switch over to the Dashboard, you can choose to look at local or international Covid-19 data. You can even see how many recorded cases there are according to each state in Malaysia.


Any amount of regular running is associated with a lower risk of dying prematurely, particularly from cancer or heart disease, compared to not running at all, a research review suggests.

Researchers examined data from 14 previous studies with a total of 232,149 adults who were followed for 5.5 to 35 years. During that time, 25,951 of them died.

Compared to individuals who didn’t run at all, those who did were 27 per cent less likely to die for any reason during the study, 30 per cent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease and 23 per cent less likely to die of cancer.

The frequency, duration, pace and total weekly running time didn’t appear to impact the lowered mortality risk associated with running, the analysis found.

“Increased rates of participation in running, regardless of its dose, would probably lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity,” Zeljko Pedisic of the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues write in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

“Any amount of running, even just once a week, is better than no running, but higher doses of running may not necessarily be associated with greater mortality benefits,” Pedisic and colleagues write.

The World Health Organisation recommends that adults aged 18 to 64 get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or at least 75 minutes of intense activity every week.

Ideally, each exercise session should last at least 10 minutes.

Moderate-intensity activities can include things like brisk walking, gardening, ballroom dancing, water aerobics or a leisurely bike ride.

Vigorous exercise includes things like jogging, lap swimming and cycling at a minimum of 10 miles per hour, according to the American Heart Association.

The current analysis, however, suggests that running much less than these guidelines recommend could still make a big difference, the researchers conclude.

For example, running no more than once a week for less than 50 minutes at a speed below 6 mph (or below 8 kph) still seemed to be associated with longevity benefits.

This means running for 25 minutes less than the recommended weekly duration of vigorous physical activity could boost longevity, the researchers note.

This makes running a potentially good option for those whose main obstacle to exercise is lack of time, they say.

But upping the “dose” by running longer than the guidelines suggest wasn’t associated with a further lowering of the risk of death from any cause, the analysis showed.

The analysis wasn’t designed to prove whether or how running might impact death rates.

And the studies included in the analysis did not account completely for other factors that might influence the results, such as illnesses besides cancer or heart disease that could prevent some people from running and contribute to their earlier death, the authors note.

In addition, the analysis doesn’t show how much running is ideal, how fast people should go, or how long or far each workout should be for optimal longevity benefits.


The hallmark of modern living can be summed up quite nicely with these words: So much to do, so little time. Work, play, family, friends, interests – these all call for our attention and we wholeheartedly embrace the challenges of juggling these many elements of our lives.

Between balancing our needs and finding the time to do so, other areas of our lives may end up short-changed, especially those that we deem not as important, especially meals.

Eating too fast or missing meals because we need to balance the demands on our time places unnecessary stress on our digestive system, and this can badly impact our health.

Heartburn, metabolic problems, heart disease, weight gain, indigestion, feeling bloated, stomach cramps – these are just some of the problems that could crop up if you do not take your time when you eat.

Tips for a better digestive health

To help prevent digestive problems, here’s what you can do:

Chew properly: Thoroughly chew and swallow each bite before taking another bite. Taking smaller bites also helps you chew better.

♦ Drink enough water between meals: As a rule of thumb, you should consume two to three liters of fluids daily, from food and beverages (plain water is the best). This also depends on your age, gender, lifestyle, weather and condition (i.e. pregnant or breastfeeding).

♦ Increase fibre intake: Dietary fibre increases stool bulk and softens it, making it easier to pass. Other health benefits include controlling blood sugar and lowering cholesterol levels. Get your fibre from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and other legumes.

♦ More probiotics: Another main component of the digestive system is the gut microbiota, microorganisms serving various roles in the gut. For the gut to be at its optimum level, the gut microbiota needs to be a balance of good and bad bacteria. Consuming probiotics may help maintain the balance.

According to a study conducted by Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2018, regular consumption of live cultured milk drinks containing L. acidophilus and L. paracasei showed positive effects on the research subjects’ digestive health whereby their food digestion time from 20 to 45 hours was reduced by five to 15 hours, and they also showed improvements in constipation symptoms.

More clinical trials are ongoing worldwide to clarify the role and explore the potentials of probiotics.

♦ Beware of food sensitivities: Many people aren’t aware that they suffer from food sensitivities, thinking that their recurrent stomach-ache or bloating symptoms are just coincidental. These can affect digestion and nutrient absorption. Dairy products and grains are among the common causes. Consult an expert to detect possible offending foods and improve your digestion. Food sensitivity is different from food allergy.

♦ Practise mindful eating: This means paying attention to the way food is prepared and consumed. It makes you more aware of how your body is affected by your eating habit. It starts from buying your ingredients, so choose more natural produces and less processed foods. Appreciate the food on your table and try to savour the meal. Another way is to use small tableware to limit your portions. These habits help you to eat slower, which aids digestion.

Eating is not only to savour the taste of food and satisfy our hunger, but also to sustain ourselves with nutrients. However, we tend to forget that digestion is also part of the eating process after food disappears into our stomach.

This process is as important as choosing the food we eat. Having good digestion also ensures our body is properly nourished and stays healthy.


The status quo of medical practice is so deeply rooted in society that most people would not think of treatment options other than drugs, in treating chronic conditions or preventing them altogether.

Healthcare as it is currently practised, is reactionary, i.e. you only seek medical attention when you experience symptoms and sickness.

The focus is on diagnosing the immediate problem and curing the symptoms with drugs or supplements.

Additionally, health screenings that are ordered in this current system only go as far as catching a disease already in the body, not in anticipating and preventing it.

Managing the symptoms of an illness alone brings a high risk of allowing the real problem to worsen, and this happens more often than we think.

By administering medication that comes with its own side effects, you are only applying a plaster to a gaping wound that will become worse if you don’t properly identify the root cause of the issue.

The body is denied the opportunity to heal itself while it still has a chance, and by the time you discover the root cause, you may require advanced care and more medications.

A reactionary style of administering healthcare does have its merits, specifically for urgent and life-threatening situations.

A heart attack, an allergic reaction or an infection are certainly not cases where functional healthcare would be practical, and you would need a health provider’s immediate intervention for such problems.

However, when it comes to chronic conditions that are influenced by everyday choices in daily life, such as the food you eat, the intensity of physical activities, travel plans and more, drugs and other quick response treatments may provide short-term fixes, but falter in the long run.

Consider an iceberg, where what you see is less than a third of the entire thing as the remainder is hidden below sea level.

Chronic illnesses like cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia and diabetes are “visible” above sea level, but what causes these illnesses remain submerged, because we aren’t diving deeper for further examination.

On the contrary, functional medicine is a whole-body approach that focuses on customised and personalised care for each person.

This isn’t a new concept either.

As far back as 1889, when the father of modern medicine Sir Dr William Osler was appointed one of the four founding professors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States, he was quoted as saying, ”The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”

What is functional medicine?

The concept of functional medicine revolves around the idea that the cause of most chronic illnesses is due to an underlying dysfunction and imbalance in our internal system.

When building a diagnosis, a health provider doesn’t stop at “what is the problem?”. They also go on to ask: “Why did this happen?”

And the follow-up includes diagnostic testing, counselling and other treatments backed by research and science.

The goal is to correct any imbalances, while ensuring that the patient is equipped to maintain a lifestyle that prevents potential conditions from escalating.

These two questions are the foundation of functional medicine, which also includes understanding a patient’s medical history, symptoms, activities and lifestyle.

From there, it is possible to find out what’s lacking in a patient’s physical system and set a course to help correct the imbalance.

Your health provider will also identify the roadblocks and any potential issues that may hinder your progress towards optimal health and function.

Treatment in functional medicine can involve any of the following:

• Making nutritional and lifestyle changes, such as getting better quality sleep and exercising effectively.

• Eating whole foods instead of unhealthy processed foods.

• Taking natural agents like supplements, herbs, nutraceuticals and homeopathics.

• Taking bioidentical hormones.

• Going for emotional counselling.

• Assessing family medical history and using nutrigenomics as a means of prevention.

• Strengthening the body’s normal healing abilities.

• Precribing drugs if necessary, or surgery.

Additionally, teaching patients about what’s going on in their own body enables them to be more proactive about their own health on a daily basis, leading to better results in overall treatment.

Illustration photo shows various medicine pills in their original packaging in Brussels, Belgium August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Illustration

Diving into the cause

Currently, conventional healthcare leans towards the practice of prescribing medication to help stop symptoms.

For example, if you have pain, you are prescribed painkillers, or if you have sleep problems, you will be prescribed sleeping pills.

But if it is a chronic problem with deeper underlying issues, the symptoms will come back or you may become addicted to the medications.

Functional medicine doesn’t smooth over the problem with drugs alone.

If drugs are indeed prescribed, the main goal is to shift an individual’s physical wellbeing down a path that will eventually not require the use of drugs, and instead, focus on the underlying causes that trigger the symptoms and improving the body’s natural functions.

For instance, the conventional treatment for heartburn is to take medicines that will alleviate the symptoms temporarily.

In functional medicine, the doctor sets a course of discovery to determine the root cause of the heartburn.

If it turns out that what’s causing it is Helicobacter pylori bacteria, your doctor would then take steps to help to put an end to the bacteria, and along with it, your heartburn woes.

Functional medicine also does not assume that a set of symptoms will always point towards the same common ailments.

Patients may display similar symptoms, but the individual diagnosis may turn out to be vastly different, due to individual medical history, physiological makeup and more.

Functional medicine makes going to the doctor a worthwhile endeavour, because when you are receiving treatment based on the root cause of your symptoms, you lessen the stress of taking short-term medication and increase your chances of getting better.

Although contemporary conventional medicine is very advanced, especially when treating acute diseases, emergency trauma or infections, and will continue to serve society, it is time to start using functional medicine in our treatment rooms more frequently.


New UK research has found that exposure to air pollution is significantly affecting our memory, causing a loss in memory which could be equivalent to up to ten years of ageing.

Carried out by researchers from the University of Warwick, the new study looked at a nationally-representative sample of 34,000 individuals across 318 geographical areas in England.

The researchers collected information on air quality for each district, including levels of both nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10), which are particles with a diameter of 10 micrometres or smaller. Both are produced by burning fossil fuels from car and other vehicle exhausts, power plants and industrial emissions.

The participants were asked to remember 10 words in a standardised word-recall test and were given a score from zero to 10 based on their answers.

The researchers also took into account participants’ age, health, level of education, ethnicity, and family and employment status, which are factors that can impact memory.

The findings, set to be published in the journal Ecological Economics, showed that memory scores were significantly worse for participants living parts of England with high levels of NO2 and PM10.

In fact, the researchers estimated that the difference in memory between England’s cleanest areas, found on the west coastline in districts such as Devon and West Somerset, and most-polluted areas, places like Kensington and Islington in London, is equivalent to the loss of memory from 10 extra years of ageing.

“When it comes to remembering a string of words, a 50-year old in polluted Chelsea performs like a 60-year old in Plymouth. We are still not exactly sure how nitrogen dioxide and air particulates act to do this,” commented co-author Professor Andrew Oswald.

The researchers say that although caution is always needed when interpreting a causal relationship, they describe the results as “concerning,” and add that they are consistent with those produced by animal studies, although this is one of the first studies to confirm the results in humans.

“There is a little prior evidence of a negative association between levels of traffic pollution and memory using data on elderly individuals and in children,” said co-author Professor Nattavudh Powdthavee, “but almost all research in human studies on this topic has been based on elementary correlations and not on nationally representative samples of individuals in a country. We have tried to solve these two problems in our study.” 


Malaysia is planning to introduce strict regulations on the sale and use of electronic cigarettes and vaporisers, health officials said on Tuesday (Oct 1), as countries around the world move to ban devices that have been linked to deaths and youth addiction.

India, which has the second-largest population of adult smokers in the world, banned the sale of e-cigarettes last month as it warned of a vaping “epidemic” among young people.

Public health officials in the United States recommended against using e-cigarettes after 12 deaths and 805 cases of illnesses linked to e-cigarette use were reported.

The global market for e-cigarettes was worth US$15.7 billion (S$21.74 billion) in 2018, according to data from Euromonitor International, and is projected to more than double to US$40 billion in 2023.

Malaysia wants to club e-cigarettes and vaporisers together with tobacco products under a single law that would prohibit promotions and advertising, usage in public areas and use by minors, the Health Mnistry said.

“Increasingly more studies have shown vape/electronic cigarettes… are still harmful to human health. Furthermore, vapes/e-cigarettes are still not proven to be an effective modality to quit smoking,” it said in an e-mail.

The ministry said the recent spate of deaths and illnesses linked to e-cigarette use in the United States added urgency to Malaysia’s review of its policies.

An estimated five million Malaysians aged 15 and older are smokers out of a total population of about 32 million, according to the most recent national health and morbidity survey by the Health Ministry in 2015.

The final draft of the new Tobacco Control and Smoking Act has been completed and submitted to the attorney-general for a final review, the ministry said.

“We really hope that the new Act can be tabled in Parliament next year,” the ministry’s e-mail said.

Tobacco products in Malaysia are currently regulated under the Food Act but there are no specific regulations governing the sale and use of vaporisers and e-cigarettes.

However, a ban on vaporiser liquids containing nicotine has been in place since November 2015.

The world’s vaping industry, which has seen rapid growth, has faced growing public backlash over concerns of increased use by young people.

In a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month, a bipartisan group of US senators urged an immediate ban on pod and cartridge-based e-cigarettes, which they say are favoured by youths, until it can be proven the products are safe.

India’s nationwide prohibition, the world’s first, would cut off a huge future market from e-cigarette makers such as Juul Labs and Philip Morris International, which have plans to expand their operations in the country.


TIDAK boleh mengandung menjadi lesen kepada lelaki miang mendekati wanita tanpa rahim atau penghidap Sindrom Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser (MRKH), semata-mata untuk melampiaskan nafsu.

Lelaki gila seks ini juga tanpa segan silu sanggup mendekati kumpulan sokongan pesakit ini, MRKH Malaysia bagi mencari ‘isteri’ untuk bermalam.

Situasi ini kedengaran keterlaluan namun itulah yang dialami wanita istimewa ini kerana dianggap pilihan terbaik untuk aktiviti seks tanpa perlindungan.

Atas dasar itu, pengasas MRKH Malaysia, Nur Syazwani Abdul Rahim atau lebih dikenali sebagai Wani Ardy, 35, bertanggungjawab melindungi ahli daripada lelaki ini.

Wani berkata, dia hanya menyedari perkara itu selepas beberapa kali didekati dan mengambil langkah berjaga-jaga.

“Mereka kononnya nak cari isteri kedua atau ketiga, ada juga yang nak cari isteri wanita MRKH supaya dia ada sebab untuk berkahwin lebih daripada satu.

“Mungkin mereka ingat kami boleh dipermainkan. Jadi, saya rasa ada keperluan untuk melindungi wanita ini supaya tidak terjerat,” katanya ketika ditemui di sini.

Menjelaskan lanjut, Wani berkata, sindrom MRKH adalah keadaan seorang wanita dilahir tanpa rahim dan saluran vagina, serta tidak boleh hamil.

“Simptom utama adalah tidak datang haid. Saya mengetahui menghidap sindrom ini ketika berusia 17 tahun selepas ibu membawa membuat pemeriksaan kerana tidak datang haid.

“Doktor yang memeriksa tidak menemui rahim dalam badan saya, malah saya juga tidak mempunyai saluran vagina,” katanya.

Anak kedua daripada empat adik-beradik itu berkata, ketika dimaklumkan mengenai penyakit itu dia sangat naif hanya menganggap ia tidak serius.

“Sebenarnya perkara itu memberi kesan kepada ibu saya sebagai wanita yang matang dia lebih tahu apa kesannya jika wanita tidak boleh mengandung.

“Sehinggakan ibu minta saya tidak berkahwin dan tinggal bersamanya hingga tua,” katanya yang pernah berkahwin selama lapan tahun dan mempunyai seorang anak berusia tujuh tahun dinamakan Ikhlas.

Wani berkata, pada 1970-an dan 1980-an, kebanyakan pakar perubatan tidak mempunyai banyak maklumat mengenai penyakit ini dan ia dianggap pelik.

Disebabkan itu, katanya, hampir semua pesakit MRKH diberi salah diagnosis.

“Bila ke klinik memaklumkan tidak datang haid, doktor akan memberi pil hormon.

“Kebanyakan kami pernah makan pil hormon untuk tempoh masa lama, tapi memang tak jadi apa-apa sebab tiada rahim untuk proses itu,” katanya.

Katanya, perkara paling memeritkan mereka turut dipandang negatif oleh keluarga sendiri.

“Mereka tidak dibenarkan berkahwin, jika sudah bertunang pun diminta putus. Semua orang cakap jangan kahwin sebab nanti menyusahkan orang lain,” katanya.

Wani yang sudah berkahwin baharu beberapa bulan lalu berkata, fasa kehidupan wanita MRKH agak celaru pada peringkat usia remaja.

Katanya, ada antara gadis MRKH berpura-pura membawa tuala wanita ke sekolah semata-mata untuk menunjukkan mereka datang bulan, tidak kurang juga yang ‘menipu’ ustazah kononnya uzur ketika diminta solat di sekolah.

“Niat mereka bukan menipu, tetapi untuk menunjukkan mereka juga normal. Itu cara mereka deal supaya tidak rasa kekurangan pada diri masing-masing,” katanya.

Katanya, pada usia 20-an pula, kebanyakan mereka takut untuk mempunyai hubungan serius dan ada yang berpendapat tidak berkahwin lagi senang.

Namun, di sebalik kekurangan ini, Wani menjelaskan wanita MRKH mempunyai semangat kuat untuk menepis persepsi negatif terutama pada usia 30 hingga 40-an.

Katanya, ramai dalam kalangan ahli mereka menjalani hidup bahagia bersama suami, anak dan ada karier sendiri.

“Memang ambil masa bertahun-tahun untuk mencapai tahap ini kerana bukan mudah membina keyakinan diri dan mendapat sistem sokongan kuat daripada orang sekeliling.

“Itulah pentingnya diagnosis awal. Kalau umur sudah lebih 17 tahun, tak datang haid, mesti jumpa pakar sakit puan,” katanya.

Menurutnya, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM) UKM, adalah satu-satunya hospital yang mempunyai pakar dan membuat kajian mengenai MRKH di negara ini.

Wani berkata, selain rawatan di hospital, individu disahkan menghidap sindrom ini boleh dirujuk ke MRKH Malaysia untuk dibantu.

“Peranan kami adalah memberi sokongan mental, emosi serta panduan bagaimana menjalani kehidupan sebagai wanita atau gadis MRKH.

“Doktor hanya boleh beri maklumat mengenai penyakit dan rawatan, kalau datang kepada kami, mereka akan dibantu menerusi sesi perbincangan hati ke hati,” katanya.

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