KUALA LUMPUR - The Ministry of Health must invest substantially on easy-to-understand information to the public to promote healthy lifestyles because Malaysians generally are an unhealthy lot, former Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said today.
He said it was vital for the public to be kept well informed on current health issues at all times through the print, electronic and social media in order for them to be taught about the promotion of healthy lifestyles, avoidance of high risk behaviours, prevention of chronic diseases and the importance of personal hygiene and self-care.
"No point rushing to clinics or hospitals for every medical problem when some could be addressed within the confines of their homes.
"But for self-care to be successful, proper education and simple messages are required and the Ministry of Health must invest substantially to bring such information to the public wherever they may be, whether they are internet-savvy or otherwise" he told Bernama.
Dr Ismail said that in this connection, the younger generation would be a challenging group to handle as they had their own thoughts and inclinations but this did not mean that the authorities