The Malaysian government is looking to amend the law to make 2 out of 12 scheduled vaccinations be mandatory. However, the amendment will need to be tabled in Parliament somewhere in the middle or the end of this year. As reported by NST, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that the vaccination that will be made mandatory is MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) and diphtheria.
“Before we roll out these two vaccinations, there is a need for the government to amend the law to ensure that they are made mandatory in the country.
Hence, we will table the matter in Parliament first. The tabling would not be carried out in the coming Parliamentary sitting or soon but maybe in the middle or end of this year.”NST
Concerning undocumented foreigners and stateless children, Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that the ministry will handle the care and believed that they are the ones who brought in the diseases into the country. The ministry will also mobilise a taskforce to study all proposals to make immunisation compulsory for all children.
“It would be a huge problem for our country if those bringing in the disease do not get immunised.
“They need to pay to get the treatment. But if they cannot afford to pay, we will have to bear the cost as we don’t want any outbreaks in the country,”Source: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, NST
In Johor, earlier this month, three diphtheria cases were confirmed. This was after the death of a 2-year-old toddler, who was believed to have died from diphtheria, on Feb 21, while last year in August 2018, a 14-month-old baby girl who wasn’t vaccinated died from causes believed to be from diphtheria.
“Following the outbreak of diphtheria in Johor, the Health Ministry would like to emphasise the importance of immunisation for infectious diseases that can be prevented by vaccines such as diphtheria, measles, whooping cough and others,”Source: Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Malay Mail
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