UK & Malaysia: Healthcare News Summary (13th July)

Note: A hyperlink is attached in each headlines for further reading of the original news.

Table of Contents:

1. United Kingdom News 2. Malaysia News

3. Global News

1. United Kingdom News

Headline: Coronavirus: Zimbabweans particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 in the UK, embassy warns

Date: 12th July 2020

Source: Yahoo! News

Monthly Visitors: 597,700,110


  • COVID-19 has inflicted massive damage on immigrant communities in the UK.

  • The majority of deaths were found in those working in healthcare and social positions.

  • Qualified Zimbabwe nurses and doctors were long recruited to help UK's staff shortages.

  • However, the number of Zimbabweans working in health sector is small.

  • The House of Lords reported in January that 0.3% of Zimbabweans made up the total NHS workforce in England.

  • Over 10% deaths of frontline Zimbabwean workers were recorded.

  • There is a perception that Zimbabweans and other BAME health workers are treated less favourably than White staff members in the UK.

  • Less than 43% of BAME respondents said they had enough eye and face protection.

  • 66% of White staff said they fell properly equipped with protection gear.

Headline: Coronavirus news: UK could be locked out of EU vaccine scheme, as Johnson refuses to apologise for care home comments Date: 9th July 2020 Source: The Independent Monthly Visitors: 21,398,100


  • If the UK refuses to pay the increased EU budget contributions in 2020, then it will not join the EU coronavirus vaccine programme.

  • Boris Johnson refused to apologise for alleging that care home "didn't really follow the procedures" during the pandemic at the PMQs.

  • Wales' first minister, Mark Drakeford, warned wearing a face mask was is not fully bulletproof against COVID-19.

2. Malaysia News

Headline: Malaysians urged to avoid ‘high-risk’ activities

Date: 11th July 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 2,966,910


  • The article lists a number of activities classifying them into: High risk, Medium-High risk, Medium risk, Medium-Low risk, and Low risk activities.

  • The article is aimed at helping the public navigate their activities during the pandemic.

  • High risk activities: contact sports, attending concerts, sports events, going to bar, using public transport and air travel, religious activities (more than 500 worshippers).

  • Medium-High risk activities: gym, indoor restaurant dining and hair solon.

  • Medium risk activities: shopping, outdoor restaurant dining, visiting museum, taxi ride.

  • Medium-Low risk activities: "distanced" outdoor sports (tennis & golf), grocery shopping.

  • Low risk activities: Takeaway food, running, and walking outdoors, pumping petrol.

Headline: Dr Adham Baba: Reopening borders will be final act by govt in war against COVID-19

Date: 11th July 2020

Source: Soya Cincau

Monthly Visitors: 339,630


  • Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba assured the government is ensuring imported cases will continue to decrease.

  • He commented that most new cases in Malaysia were imported cases.

  • He also assured that border control measures are taken at KLIA, Sabah and Sarawak entrances.

  • Reopening Malaysian borders will be the final act implemented by the government in its strategy against COVID-19.

Headline: Key Alliance obtains MDA licence to sell PCR test kits

Date: 10th July 2020

Source: The Sun Daily

Monthly Visitors: 186,690


  • Key Alliance Sdn Bhd (KASB) is now a licensed authorised representative, distributor and importer of in vitro diagnostics medical devices in Malaysia.

  • KASB obtained the license from the Medical Device Authority (MDA).

  • KASB is focusing on establishing and mobilising an immediate distribution network to supply its Wells Bio Care Gene COVID-19 RT-PCR test kit (The Test Kit).

  • As of 10th July, Malaysia experienced 8,683 confirmed cases.

  • The total test implemented in Malaysia is at 830,000/25,000 tests per million people.

  • The above point shows the obvious shortage of PCR test kits.

  • Key Alliance also appointed Seremban Premier Pharmacy Sdn Bhd & Custom Medz Sdn Bhd as its initial distributors for The Test Kit.

Headline: Envoy: Malaysia still a UK favourite

Date: 10th July 2020

Source: New Straits Times

Monthly Visitors: 1,289,550


  • British High Commissioner, Charles Hay, stated Malaysia is the UK's 2nd largest partner in ASEAN.

  • Malaysia is the largest supplier of medical gloves and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Smith + Nephew (medical technology firm) announced last November it will establish an artificial orthopaedic (knee & hip) manufacturing facility.

  • The facility will be established in Batu Kawan, Penang.

Headline: Health DG: MAEPS quarantine centre to close on July 15

Date: 10th July 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 2,966,910


  • The COVID-19 Low-Risk Patient Quarantine & Treatment Centre (The Centre) at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serving (MAEPS) will officially close down on 15th July.

  • The Centre witnessed its last patient discharge on Friday (10th July).

  • The Centre was a collaboration between various agencies such as: - Natural Disaster Management Agency; - Malaysian Armed Forces; - Fire & Rescue Department; - Malaysian Civil Defence Force; - Works Department; - Welfare Department; - Immigration Department; - Malaysia Volunteer Corps (Rela); - Prisons Department; - Malaysia Genome Institute; and - MAEPS

  • By 10th July, MAEPS successfully treated 1,362 patients.

  • 86% of patients comprising non-Malaysians and 14% Malaysians.

  • The Centre has a capacity for 600 patients.

  • It offers clinical services, wards for COVID-19 patients, resuscitation rooms, ambulances, pharmacy, X-ray, and pathology laboratory services.

  • Lastly, The Centre also treated undocumented migrants for COVID-19.

3. Global News

Headline: WHO Who? United States Set To Leave The World Health

Organisation Next Year

Date: 8th July 2020

Source: Rojak Daily

Monthly Visitors: 152,550


  • In May, Donald Trump announced the USA will exit the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • The country submitted a one-year notice where they will leave the organisation effective 6th July 2021.

  • However, the USA's departure from the WHO will not succeed if Trump loses the election in November.

  • The USA has been the largest contributor to WHO's funds for a long time.

  • If the USA leaves the WHO, there will be a shortage of funds to continue the work at WHO.

  • Between 2018 - 2019, the USA funded WHO an amount of USD 893 million.

  • Out of the UUSD 893 million, only USD 237 million was for membership dues, and the remaining sum was given out of freewill to WHO.

  • WHO's work will be impacted by reduced funds.

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