NEVER has there been greater focus on disease prevention, health, fitness, diet, mental wellness and overall well-being.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made us all take stock of our health and habits, and we are always searching for information to update our knowledge, whether it’s about Covid-19 and vaccination measures, addressing everyday lifestyle diseases, being better prepared to face medical emergencies or simply to ensure good mental health.
While there’s a wealth of information online, especially on social media, there’s also a staggering amount of unverified news and misinformation being spread through the same channel.
Acquiring the wrong facts may be an inconvenience in other situations, but can prove highly dangerous if one is looking for health and medical-related information.
It’s crucial, therefore, to seek information from verified and established sources in the field.
Here are some local websites and social media handles that deliver verified medical news and lifestyle tips which consumers can explore:
MALAYSIAN HEART HEALTH ASSOCIATION
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ MyHeartAssociation
A non-governmental and non-profit body that helps bring awareness and education to members of the public on the importance of heart health.
Readers can get information on heart attack and stroke symptoms and when to call an ambulance, health talks, screenings and health carnivals.
MEDICAL MYTHBUSTERS MALAYSIA
An organisation set up to address fake news and misinformation related to the medical field. This page is led by qualified members of the profession.
Get accurate and up-to-date information on a wide range of topics, ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic to dangers of mercury in beauty products or whether drinking alkaline water is good for the body. You can also pose a question for experts to address.
MALAYSIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ MMHAOfficial
This is a non-profit organisation established to promote mental health awareness and public mental well-being.
Given that 4.2 million Malaysians are living with mental health issues, it’s important to find out about the kinds of mental health services available, where to seek support, myths about mental health and understanding the importance of mental wellness in daily life.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ HealthifyMe.MY
The pandemic has turned the spotlight on health, fitness and nutrition. It’s time to take better care of ourselves and healthifyme provides information on weight loss, diet plans, fitness routines and guidance from nutritionists and fitness trainers.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ myhealthkkm
The Health Ministry’s official portal contains a wide range of information on the pandemic, Covid-19 vaccination, safety protocols for prevention of Covid-19 as well as accurate information on other health conditions like hypertension and influenza, healthy diets and lifestyles, and ensuring the well-being of mothers and children.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ ProtectHealthCo
Find information on latest Covid-19 vaccination statistics, the correct procedure for Covid-19 vaccine administration, implementation of booster doses, steps to obtain booster doses and the interval between primary doses and booster doses for different Covid-19 vaccines.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ malaysiahealthcare.org
Get information on a variety of issues ranging from oncology and cardiology to fertility. Find out what to expect from fertility treatments or find assisted fertility facilities in the country or better understand the types and causes of heart diseases.
PUBLIC HEALTH MALAYSIA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ publichealthmalaysia
Source everyday information related to health, diseases and medical emergencies, including food hazards, how to handle choking incidents, addressing jaundice in infants or how to tell if your hand sanitiser is still safe to use or has expired.
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