Providing a human touch to cancer care

Publication: The Malysian Insider
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Makna’s home visit team consists of two plucky and dedicated women, Suhaila Nik (left) and Noraini Khalid (right), who travel throught the country every month. They are seen here with patients in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, September 13, 2015
Cancer is a disease that often robs its victim of more than just health. The emotional and physiological toll can sometimes be more crippling than the physical trauma caused by cancer.
In trying to soothe the pain suffered by patients, two women who make up the Home Visit Department of the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) play an important role in offering a human touch in the entire process of care and rehabilitation.

Suhaila Nik and Noraini Abdul Khalid’s jobs take them to rural areas all over Malaysia for 10-15 days a month to visit, interview and check up on patients who are recipients of Makna’s financial support.
The work can be both physically and mentally draining, as when the duo aren’t travelling, they are preparing reports, dealing with financers and office administration.

“We are looking for people to join the unit, and we get many people coming in for interviews,” said Noraini.

“The thing is, during interviews, they perform well, but after one or two days with us, and realising the emotional and physical strain they would have to go through, seeing cancer up close, it frightens them,” she told The Malaysian Insider recently during a home visit to patients in the state of Terengganu.

During this trip, patients ranged in age from 10 to 60 years old. The visits yielded many surprises, some heartbreaking, as the duo discovered that some patients had died from their illness.
Apart from providing a human touch and face to Makna, the home visits also play a very practical role in providing Makna with information and details such as financial welfare, health and care of patients.
The visits also help to weed out those who were abusing the provision of state assistance, from genuine cases of needy patients – the ladies have “caught” patients who had successful businesses of their own.
In spite of the occasional physical and mental fatigue, the women find fulfillment in the roles they play, especially when they find themselves doubling up as family and friends to cancer patients who have been abandoned by those closest to them.

“You have to be strong when you visit these patients. It’s not just about their illness and care, but you get to know about how people treat the unfortunate.
“The first time I did it, it hurt. But I learned,” said Suhaila.
Noraini summed up their roles as being both state administrators, and providers of comfort to the patients.
“This is not a job for weak people,” she said. – The Malaysian Insider, September 13, 2015.

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Karnival 3K attracts 1,000 residents

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SHAH ALAM: “Karnival 3K”, a yearly affair organised by Electrical Engineering Department of Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, has attracted about 1,000 residents in the vicinity and polytechnic students, to take part in the event, today. About 16 agencies from various government, private sectors and non-government organisation were involved in the one-day programme. Among the agencies are, National Cancer Council (MAKNA), Advance Pact Sdn. Bhd, iM4U, Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), Petaling district health office, Fire and Rescue Department, Kota Anggerik, National Transplant Centre and many more. The polytechnic deputy director Mohd Zin Hassan said the annual programme was aimed to raise awareness on hygiene, health and safety of all parties.

Besides creating awareness, he said, the programme is a platform to build a bridge between the local community and the students including the agencies. In his speech, he said, currently the life expectancy of senior citizens is increasing and according to National Statistics Department, studied showed that the population of senior citizens, aged 60 years old has increased to 2 million in year 2009, as compared to 1.5 million in year 2000 in the country. “The number is expected to increase to 3.4 million of senior citizens, by 2035.

This is because the way healthy lifestyle is practised,” he said. He said he was happy to see the number of the students’ participation. “Many of the students have donated blood and pledge for organ donation. We are happy that the programme was a success. I think without the students and the residents’ cooperation, I do not think that we may able to hit our targets, in blood donation and organ donation,” he said, after closing ceremony of the carnival, held at its main campus. Meanwhile, the one-day carnival carried out activities such as, free health screen, blood donation, gotong-royong, book sales, exhibitions and many more.

Bringing hope and solace to cancer patiencs

Publication: The Malaysian Insider
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09 Sep 2015 — Makna, the not-for-profit cancer council of Malaysia, organises home visits in every state. The home visits allow Makna to gauge the health of patients under its assistance. Patients wanting support register with the states’ Health Department and government hospitals, which will then be in touch with Makna. Patients receive an allowance which goes towards transport for chemotherapy treatments at the hospitals and medicine. The home visit team goes to rural, and semi-urban areas as many of the patients are from the lower-income group, or have lost income because of their illness. In some cases, they are abandoned and shunned by their families. They find solace and hope in the visits.

Sarimah Ismail suffers from rectal cancer and is in remission. Feisty and humorous, she looks forward to the day she can function like before as she ‘is bored being sick’. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

A lorry blocking the road to a kampung is among the obstacles faced by members of the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) during their rounds in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Ezuraimi Mohd Nor, 47, from Kampung Tasek Padang Kabar Bukit Payong, Marang, has been suffering from stage 4 breast cancer since 2014, and and has undergone chemotherapy six times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Books and treatment schedule of Esah Ismail, 53 from Kampung Wakaf Paya Besar Marang, who has been suffering from infiltrating ductal cancer since 2014. She has undergone chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 20 times. Her daughter, Natasha Mansor, 27, stopped working to take care of her. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Jarismi Yahya showing his abdominal scars. He gave up on conventional medicine and started on naturopathy which healed him. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Jarismi Yahya, 52, from Kampung Baru Rhu Muda Marang has been suffering from sigmoid carcinoma since 2014 and has undergone chemotherapy three times. He has had to stop work as a car wash worker. His son was also a leukaemia victim and died in 2007. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Many cancer patients believe in the healing properties of soursop (durian Belanda). – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Wan Kamariah Wan Othman, 42, from Kampung Teratak Baru Marang, has been a breast cancer patient since 2012 and underwent chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 25 times. She has also tried traditional cures, such as soursop (durian Belanda) and Sabah snake grass (daun belalai gajah). – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

It’s a long day for the home visit team, but they do it because ‘we want to know if our patients are doing well. If we don’t visit them, we feel lost’. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Amid Mohd Amin, 49, from Kampung Jenang Marang, suffers from T-cell lymphoma (mouth and nose) and has since lost his voice. He has six children and undergone chemotherapy six times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Amid Mohd Amin is truly a survivor. He has undergone chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 10 times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.
Cancer is an equal-opportunity illness. It strikes anyone of all ages and backgrounds. Arif Hakimi Awang Sofa, 10, was struck with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2010. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Omar Ali, 54, from Kuala Ibai, has been suffering from colon cancer since 2011 and has undergone chemotherapy 24 times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Omar Ali runs a roti canai warong in Kuala Ibai and is now in remission. He’s grateful to be alive and be with his family. ‘That’s all you can ask for from Allah.’ – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

The communications team goes along with the home visit team to provide support. The Terengganu visit is just one of the many trips they do. ‘We do it because of dedication. No one else will.’ – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Makna’s home visit team consists of two plucky and dedicated women, Suhaila Nik (left) and Noraini Khalid (right), who travel in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak every month. They are with patients in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2105.

Peek Chin Kok and his wife moved to a newer but smaller home to make ends meet. Chin Kok has been suffering from thyroid cancer and underwent surgery twice. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Many of the patients are delighted to receive guests. They often offer a drink or a snack. Mohd Badrul Hisyan Ngah, 36, from Kampung Pengadang Baru, is suffering from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, diagnosed in 2013, and has undergone chemotherapy 12 times. His wife (not in picture) suffers from breast cancer. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Ani Abdul Ghani, 59, from Kampung Pengkalan Atap Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, with his grandchild. Che Ani has been suffering from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma for the last 10 year and is still on treatment. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Alias Mat Nor, 52, with his wife Norlalieza Mamat, 36, (right) and stepdaughter Nuramiera Hadi, 13, from Kampung Mengabang Lekor Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, is suffering from colon cancer. He was diagnosed in 2014 and has learnt to change his colostomy bag. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Alias Mat Nor, 52, from Kampung Mengabang Lekor Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, died from colon cancer shortly after The Malaysian Insider chronicled his suffering. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Time to grow a moustache, guys

Publication: The Star Online
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PROSTATE and testicular cancer will be the focus of a three-month awareness and fundraising campaign, known as Movember – The Ultimate Shave Off, organised by Makna (National Cancer Council) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”), which started in Australia in 1999 had become synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues, including prostate and other male-related cancers, with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Makna is carrying the campaign to increase awareness and encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer that are not getting as much exposure compared to other forms of cancer.
Under the campaign, men need to grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an ‘Ultimate Shave Off’.
The growing of moustache or beard is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.

Therefore, the idea behind this campaign is for men to lend their voice to the cause and create meaningful conversations regarding male cancer awareness by stirring the curiosities of family, friends and colleagues with the growing of facial hair and ultimately shaving it off.
Makna founder and president Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said: “Often in this fast-paced world that we live in, our health becomes the least of our concern.

“For this reason, Makna, as a cancer organisation, took upon itself to remind the public on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in maintaining one’s well-being in general, and in fighting and preventing cancer in particular.”

Makna and the Rainbow Team have also released a theme song and music video.
The song was composed by local artistes Dr Sakthi and Caprice.
The music video also features cancer survivors and some of the best-known names in the local entertainment, sports and beauty scenes, including Jehan Miskin, Hans Isaac, Thanuja Ananthan, Carol Lee, Wilson Tan, Safee Sali, Pandelela Rinong, and Prem Shankar – all of whom generously contributed their time to the making of this video.

In total, 58 celebrities, artistes and personalities, as well as countless cancer survivors and students from five schools in and around Kuala Lumpur had come together to make the music video possible.
The campaign’s cinema partner, Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn Bhd, played the 60-second version of the video in cinemas nationwide from August.

Also planned is an online contest for the most creative video calls for the submission of videos to send messages to men on the importance of regular health checks.
An entry donation of minimum RM38 is required to participate in the video contest.

All are welcome to participate in the Selfie Your “Stache Challenge” competition where they are required to either grow and/or wear fake moustache, take a selfie, and upload it to Makna social media (#theultimateshaveoff), or they can even challenge their friends to it!
Instagram your selfie at Maknacancer and hashtag #theultimateshaveoff
Tweet @Maknashaveoff on Twitter
Facebook it on www.facebook.com/theultimateshaveoff

A grand finale is planned at the Great Eastern Mall in Jalan Ampang for the closing of this campaign.
At the finale, men with their moustache and beard will be shaven off by barbers from Truefitt & Hill, whose outlet is on the second floor of the mall.

Anyone with creatively and outstandingly groomed moustache and beard can also walk in to the finale location and stand a chance to be awarded a surprise gift.
Malaysia.

Ministry: Selangor should adopt law on mandatory waste separation

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SERDANG: Selangor should adopt the law on mandatory waste separation for households as it is already facing a garbage disposal crisis, said Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Its minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Selangor and Penang had the largest populations and stood to gain by enforcing the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act.
“I hope they consider adopting the Act because it is really comprehensive,” he said.
Starting yesterday, households in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as well as six states – Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah – are required to separate their trash accordingly to facilitate recycling.
He said Solid Waste Management (SWCorp) had invested RM1bil in equipment and systems to ensure the success of the policy.
Selangor, he said, was still using outmoded methods including open top lorries.

Taking out the trash: Neighbourhood friends Christine Chong, 22, and Leroy Choong, 23, bringing kitchen waste and recyclable items to be thrown at a designated place near their house in Bangsar yesterday.

“Their systems are not up to date and they don’t have an effective monitoring system,” he said.

Abdul Rahman said his ministry now spent RM2bil on solid waste management and the money saved by recycling could be put to better use.
Recycling, he said, could also extend the life of landfills.

“No one wants a landfill in their backyards and we are faced with strong protest every time we open one,” he said.

Abdul Rahman said the ministry’s focus now was on educating the public. No fines will be imposed until next year.
From June 1, 2016 households which fail to separate their waste would face fines of up to RM1,000 besides being hauled to court.
Abdul Rahman said Joint Management Bodies would also face the same penalties despite concerns about it being a burden on them.
At an event yesterday, SWCorp concluded the “1 Million Bottles One Dream” campaign which was launched to mark the start of the waste disposal ruling.
Over one million plastic bottles worth RM12,000 was collected during the campaign and the proceeds was handed to National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna) and Persatuan Mata Hati Malaysia.

Kompaun RM50 jika gagal asing sisa pepejal

Publication: Sinar Online
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SERDANG – Kompaun sebanyak RM50 akan dikenakan bagi kesalahan pertama pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca mulai 1 Jun 2016, kata Menteri Kesejahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Sementara kompaun bagi kesalahan kedua dan ketiga di bawah Akta 672 iaitu Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 pula ialah sebanyak RM100 dan RM200, katanya.

Jika pengguna masih berdegil untuk melaksanakan amalan pengasingan sisa pepejal baharulah mereka di bawah ke mahkamah dan boleh didenda tidak melebihi RM1,000, katanya.

“Dalam tempoh sembilan bulan sehingga 1 Jun, kerajaan akan menggunakan pendekatan mendidik masyarakat mengenai pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca diikuti dengan notis dan amaran,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan pelaksanaan pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca di sini hari ini.

Tujuh negeri terlibat dalam pelaksanaan sisa pepejal di punca yang bermula hari ini iaitu Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Perlis dan Pahang.

Abdul Rahman berkata, kerajaan tidak mahu menekankan tindakan mendenda terhadap mereka yang tidak mengasingkan sisa pepejal kerana ingin menyemai kesedaran tersebut terlebih dahulu.

“Masyarakat yang mempunyai amalan kitar semula yang tinggi merupakan masyarakat yang tinggi peradabannya,” katanya.

Mengulas mengenai pelaksanaan peraturan itu, Abdul Rahman berkata, ia (pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca) bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu kerana amalan berkenaan sudah diguna pakai di kebanyakan taman perumahan sejak September tahun lepas.

Bagi penduduk yang menetap di bangunan berstrata, Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bersama pangsapuri atau kondominium akan berperanan mengingatkan penduduk untuk mengasingkan sisa pepejal masing-masing, katanya.

Pada majlis hari ini juga, 1.35 juta botol plastik bernilai RM12,000 berjaya dikumpulkan oleh SW Corp Malaysia sehingga dicatatkan dalam Malaysia Books of Record sebagai ‘pengumpulan botol kita semula terbanyak’.

Botol-botol plastik berkenaan akan dijual kepada vendor yang dilantik dan wang yang diraih akan disumbangkan kepada pertubuhan bukan kerajaan termasuk Majlis Kanser Nasional. – Bernama

Kompaun RM50 Bagi Kesalahan Pertama Gagal Asing Sisa Pepejal Mulai 1 Jun 2016

Publication: Berita Wilayah Online
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SERDANG, 1 Sept (Bernama) — Kompaun sebanyak RM50 akan dikenakan bagi kesalahan pertama pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca mulai 1 Jun 2016, kata Menteri Kesejahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Manakala kompaun bagi kesalahan kedua dan ketiga di bawah Akta 672 iaitu Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 pula ialah sebanyak RM100 dan RM200, katanya.

Jika pengguna masih berdegil untuk melaksanakan amalan pengasingan sisa pepejal baharulah mereka di bawah ke mahkamah dan boleh didenda tidak melebihi RM1,000, katanya.

“Dalam tempoh sembilan bulan sehingga 1 Jun, kerajaan akan menggunakan pendekatan mendidik masyarakat mengenai pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca diikuti dengan notis dan amaran,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan pelaksanaan pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca di sini Selasa.

Tujuh negeri terlibat dalam pelaksanaan sisa pepejal di punca yang bermula hari ini iaitu Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Perlis dan Pahang.

Abdul Rahman berkata kerajaan tidak mahu menekankan tindakan mendenda terhadap mereka yang tidak mengasingkan sisa pepejal kerana ingin menyemai kesedaran tersebut terlebih dahulu.

“Masyarakat yang mempunyai amalan kitar semula yang tinggi merupakan masyarakat yang tinggi peradabannya,” katanya.

Mengulas mengenai pelaksanaan peraturan itu, Abdul Rahman berkata ia bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu kerana amalan berkenaan sudah diguna pakai di kebanyakan taman perumahan sejak September tahun lepas.

Bagi penduduk yang menetap di bangunan berstrata, Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bersama pangsapuri atau kondominium akan berperanan mengingatkan penduduk untuk mengasingkan sisa pepejal masing-masing, katanya.

Pada majlis hari ini juga, 1.35 juta botol plastik bernilai RM12,000 berjaya dikumpulkan oleh SW Corp Malaysia sehingga dicatatkan dalam Malaysia Books of Record sebagai ‘pengumpulan botol kita semula terbanyak’.

Botol-botol plastik berkenaan akan dijual kepada vendor yang dilantik dan wang yang diraih akan disumbangkan kepada pertubuhan bukan kerajaan termasuk Majlis Kanser Nasional.

– BERNAMA