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  1. Goh CT, Cheah PK, Soo TL, Lee WS
    Med J Malaysia, 2009 Jun;64(2):146-9.
    PMID: 20058575 MyJurnal
    We aimed to determine the epidemiology and burden of rotavirus (RV) gastroenteritis (GE) in children requiring hospital care in an urban setting in Sabah, Malaysia. A prospective study of all patients younger than 12 years of age admitted with acute GE to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sabah, over a six-month period (October 2005 to March 2006) was conducted. During the study period, a total of 167 children with acute GE who had stool samples examined for RV were studied. RV accounted for 16% of all diarrhoeal cases, and 1.7% of all admissions to the children's wards during the study period. There was no difference in severity of GE between RV and non-RV groups. RV infection is a common cause of childhood GE requiring hospital care in Sabah.
  2. Liam CK, Goh CT, Isahak M, Lim KH, Wong CM
    Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol, 2001 Jun;19(2):79-83.
    PMID: 11699724
    The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between asthma symptoms and the degree of airway obstruction as measured by the forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) in a group of 64 asthmatic patients with clinically stable disease attending a university-based urban asthma clinic. Asthma symptoms did not correlate with the degree of airway obstruction as measured by prebronchodilator PEFR (total asthma symptom score vs PEFR: r = -0.214, p = 0.104, n = 59) and only correlated poorly with prebronchodilator FEV1 (total asthma symptom score vs FEV1: r = -0.256, p = 0.041, n = 64). These results lend support to the recommendation that airway obstruction should be measured objectively when assessing patients with chronic persistent asthma.
    Study site: Asthma clinic, University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. Amir Sultan MM, Goh CT, Wan Puteh SE, Mokhtar M
    Int J Health Care Qual Assur, 2019 Feb 11;32(1):34-44.
    PMID: 30859864 DOI: 10.1108/IJHCQA-08-2017-0161
    PURPOSE: Mercury is widely used in medical and healthcare facilities as dental amalgam, mercury-added medical devices, thiomersal-containing vaccines, laboratory analysis and for other general applications despite the hazards. Various agencies consistently promote mercury-free medical facilities through mercury-free alternatives and better management practices, which are in line with the Minamata Convention on Mercury that aims to protect human health and environment from anthropogenic mercury release. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

    DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: The authors conducted a gap analysis on recommended practices gathered from the literature and current practices gathered through semi-structured interviews with Malaysian medical personnel. A life cycle approach was adopted covering mercury use: input, storage, handling, accident, waste disposal and governance phases.

    FINDINGS: The authors found that there are significant gaps between recommended and current mercury management practices. Analysis indicates improper mercury management as the main contributor to these gaps. The authors found from recommended practices that core components needing improvement include: mercury management action plan, mercury use identification team, purchasing policy, proper guidelines and monitoring systems.

    PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: This study helps us to understand mercury management practices and suggests essential steps to establish a mercury-free medical facility.

    ORIGINALITY/VALUE: This study explored the gaps between recommended and current mercury management practices in a medical facility and contributes to the Minamata Convention on Mercury aspirations.

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