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News : Researchers and Academicians attend National Conference on “Neglected Tropical Diseases: Challenges and Issues Faced in Achieving the Millennium Goal”

UniKL RCMP academicians are continuing their excellent achievement in research when they successfully organized a national conference which was held on Wednesday, 13th Nov 2013 at Tower Regency Hotel. The national conference attracted more than 50 participants and 20 presenters mainly from Health Industries and Institutions of Higher Learning. This conference is a significat event for researchers as it creates a platform for academicians and researchers to share a common platform of discussion through exchange of ideas and information. 

Today more than one billion people worldwide are affected by the Neglected Tropical Diseases afflicting mainly poor people living in rural communities such as Asian, African and South American regions.

In his speech read out by Chenderiang Assemblyman Dato' Dr Mah Hang Soon, Menteri Besar of Perak Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir said  we need to respond seriously to these neglected tropical diseases because they could cause huge obstacles to social and economic development. 
"In Malaysia, mortality and morbidity due to neglected tropical diseases have been much reduced with the advances in medicine and technologies and improvements in health care services, economy, education and environment".
Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir said that these diseases have been neglected for far too long and it is heartening to note that countries in our region and the international community are now uniting to tackle them and to change the lives of millions of people suffering or affected by NTDs.  The Malaysian Government, through the efforts of the Ministry of Health, has almost eliminated or brought under control, most of the major NTDs in this country. Progress is also continuously being made in delivering interventions to control NTDs and in strengthening the capacity of national NTD programmes.  

"We are aware that Member States of WHO are making serious efforts to integrate their NTD programmes and interventions for more efficient and effective action and acceleration of progress. Their efforts would be helped by improved coordination of NTD stakeholders in the respective countries. I would therefore like to call on the Ministry of Health to ensure that all stakeholders have a stake in these plans and contribute to their development updating and evaluation, and make use of them as the basis for planning and implementing NTD programme interventions in their respective countries. In addition, the use of these plans as tools for mobilizing in-country resources for NTD programmes needs to be strengthened", he added. 
"I believe that this meeting will be a strong platform to help us make progress – together - in this direction", he further reiterated in his final remarks.

Earlier, En Hisshamuddin Omar, UniKL RCMP Chief Executive Officer & Head of Campus in his speech said the University has always supported and encouraged academic staff, scientific officers and students of this university to conduct research and development in all aspect of health that will bring benefits to the country and its people. There is one element that will be crucial to the success of the conference - the ability to share research results and policy discussions freely across the globe without access barriers.
Research papers were presented by Dr Ahmad Khaldun Ismail UKM Medical Centre; Prof Dr Pani SP Quests International University Perak; Datuk Dr Aziah bt Ahmad Mahayiddin, Institute of Respiratory Medicine, Perak; Dr Tang Jhy Jong, Ipoh Hospital; Prof Dr B Sinniah, UniKL RCMP; Dr Gnanasekaran Ashok and Dr Murugesan Karthikeyan Quests International University Perak, Associate Proffesor Dr N. Muniandy, UniKL RCMP and Mr Kabiru Mohamed, USM Kubang Kerian.

Reported By
Zahaimi Abdullah Sani

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