Men’s Health: Improving Healthcare Services in Malaysia










In the previous few many years, males’s well being has changing into a major public well being concern. What does it imply to be a wholesome man? The WHO (1946) defines well being as ‘a state of full bodily, psychological, and social well-being and never merely the absence of illness, or infirmity’. This broad definition might be utilized equally to each genders. Previously, males’s well being has been narrowly outlined by these ailments uniquely affecting the male genitourinary tract. Nevertheless, defining males’s well being as ailments of the male reproductive system ignores holistic nature of well being. There is no such thing as a concrete definition for Males’s Well being. Tan et al. (2013) outline Males’s Well being as a self-discipline that promotes bodily, psychological and social well-being of males all through their life cycle (from boyhood to manhood) and addressing well being issues associated to males.

In lots of components of the world together with in Asia, well being outcomes amongst males persistently worse in comparison with ladies. Males have shorter life expectancy and better mortality charges in comparison with ladies (Ng et al. 2014).


In Malaysia, life expectancy at start for males is 72.6 years in comparison with 77.2 years for ladies. Demise charge for males in 2011 was 5.2 per 1,000 inhabitants in comparison with ladies which was per 1,000 inhabitants. In 2006, the most typical causes of dying in males have been ischaemic coronary heart illness, which constituted 13.three% of whole licensed dying adopted by motorized vehicle accidents (7.9%), septicaemia (6.three%), cerebrovascular illness (6.three%) and pneumonia (5.2%).

Current Nationwide Well being and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2011 (Institute of Public Health 2011) reported that about eight.eight% of males having undiagnosed Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and 21.eight% of males having undiagnosed Hypertension, which have been increased in comparison with ladies. This can be a worrying development as many males unaware that they've these situations. Undiagnosed DM and hypertension might result in untimely dying because the main reason for untimely mortality in Malaysia is ischemic coronary heart illness (Ummi Nadiah et al. 2013). These silent danger elements and issues can solely be identified and handled if males attend well being screening.

If we exclude sex-specific most cancers varieties, the incidence charges of widespread cancers have been increased in males than in ladies. The commonest most cancers in males was colorectal most cancers, which accounted for 14.5% of the full incidence of most cancers. This was adopted by lung most cancers (12.2%), nasopharyngeal most cancers (7.eight%; primarily amongst Chinese language), prostate most cancers (7.three%) and leukaemia (6.5%) (Tong et al. 2011).

For psychological well being, based mostly on NHMS IV, most psychological well being issues comparable to melancholy, suicidal try and nervousness issues have been extra prevalent amongst ladies in comparison with males. Apart from that, erectile dysfunction (ED) is essentially the most generally studied male sexual well being situation in Malaysia (Tong et al. 2011). Examine by Khoo et al. (2008) amongst growing older males in city space in Malaysia discovered that the prevalence of ED was 70.1% (delicate ED 32.eight%, delicate to reasonable ED 17.7%, reasonable ED 5.1%, and extreme ED 14.5%). Untimely ejaculation (PE) is one other male sexual well being situation that has been studied. The prevalence of PE was 4 to 5 instances increased amongst males with nervousness and melancholy in comparison with males with out these issues (Quek et al. 2008).


Till latest years, there aren't any particular public well being care companies for males. Normally, public well being clinics in Malaysia when it comes to supply companies might be divided into Outpatient Division (OPD) and Maternal and Youngster Well being (MCH) clinic with assist from different models comparable to pharmacy, laboratory and others. Well being companies for males are solely accessible at OPD however the companies are meant for common inhabitants. There is no such thing as a particular clinic for males regardless that all of the companies offered comparable to well being screening and remedy of sickness are associated to males. Different programmes embrace stop smoking companies, methadone substitute remedy companies and a few clinics have occupational well being companies.

At OPD, males capable of have a screening for danger elements of cardiovascular ailments and in addition sexual and urological situations through the use of self-administered questionnaires. There are a number of obstacles exist within the implementation of the screening programmes. Participations from males have been low and there's a lack of alternative to have an efficient session with well being care suppliers because of scarcity of manpower and assets. In 2001, screening programme for colorectal most cancers has been launched but it surely was totally carried out in well being clinics after 2010. Screening by means of faecal occult blood check (FOBT) executed yearly for these in excessive danger group. Examine by Yusoff et al. (2012) discovered that participation in colorectal most cancers screening in Malaysia particularly amongst males was extraordinarily low.

Ministry of Well being underneath the Division of Household Well being Growth has come out with some targets to advertise well being for each women and men. Nevertheless, many actions up to now till now had prioritised ladies and youngster well being because of excessive maternal and toddler mortality, which has improved tremendously through the years. Nonetheless, the Ministry of Well being, by means of its varied departments, has been addressing many points associated to males comparable to non-communicable ailments and wholesome existence. These programmes have been principally focusing on common inhabitants quite than males. An instance is Komuniti Sihat Perkasa Negara (KOSPEN) programme began in July 2013 in effort to cope with growing burden of non-communicable ailments (NCD) (Ministry of Health 2013). This programme goals to enhance well being of Malaysia citizen by empowering the group and enhance their involvement in well being programmes. Much like earlier wholesome way of life campaigns or programmes, it can't be denied that each one these well being programmes touched on many points associated to males’s well being. Nevertheless, necessary elements related to poor well being amongst males comparable to unwillingness of males to have interaction in wholesome way of life, acceptable well being searching for behaviour, accessibility to males’s well being companies, aren't being addressed.


There was truly an try by the Ministry of Well being to draft a males’s well being coverage. Earlier Minister of Well being in his opening tackle on the First Nationwide Males’s Well being and Growing old Convention 2005 affirmed the significance of selling males’s well being in Malaysia (Chua 2007). Nevertheless, the coverage has nonetheless not materialised for varied causes. Well being coverage is necessary to function a framework to advocate and promote males’s well being.

Some developed nations have already had their very own nationwide males’s well being coverage. An instance is Nationwide Male Well being Coverage in Australia. The Coverage is for male of all ages specializing in participating males about their well being, elevating consciousness about preventable well being issues affecting males, bettering using current well being assets by males by lowering entry limitations, and focusing on males with poorer well being outcomes (Ministry for Indigenous Health Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery Australia 2010).

Our authorities assist for males’s well being has been built-in into common well being care supply and seems considerably fragmented. It's nonetheless very a lot disease-oriented quite than give attention to males. We have to develop a complete male well being coverage which is each delicate to boys and males’s wants in addition to addressing the well being searching for behaviour of males.

To develop a profitable coverage, we have to combine and cooperate with varied stakeholders, working at completely different ranges comparable to native, regional and nationwide and in addition combine inside different coverage areas comparable to schooling and human useful resource. We have to have particular plans and assets for analysis of the coverage and motion plan of implementation. Analysis outcomes ought to be set within the context of reasonable expectation. The coverage shall give attention to key males’s well being points comparable to NCD danger elements and well being searching for behaviour.


At present, the well being standing of Malaysia males is quite worrying. The method in males’s well being in Malaysia continues to be predominantly organ-specific and fragmented because it falls underneath the duty of quite a lot of specialties and subspecialties. There's nonetheless appreciable lack of knowledge among the many common public and healthcare professionals alike. There's additionally lack of shut collaboration throughout well being disciplines in addition to governmental and non-governmental businesses within the method to males’s well being points. The significance of well being screening and wholesome way of life ought to be careworn to all males and their households. There's additionally an pressing must develop an efficient service supply system delicate to males’s wants. Nationwide well being coverage on males’s well being, based mostly on good native and worldwide analysis encompassing bodily and psychosocial dimensions, will definitely encourage males in Malaysia to hunt early skilled recommendation and remedy to enhance each their high quality and amount of life. It should additionally assist to create consciousness of the idea of males’s well being to the healthcare professionals and different stakeholders.


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