Join DOBBS Docquity and stand a chance to win RM1000

Dear Doctors,

Docquity is a mobile platform solely for medical Doctors. It is adopted as the official app for doctors by the MMA and other leading medical associations in ASEAN.
Docquity is also available to Malaysian doctors (with a valid MMC registration number) who are registered members of the DOBBS network. DOBBS or Doctors Only Bulletin Board is the pioneer and largest online community of Malaysian doctors. Established in 2000, DOBBS has now over 13,000 doctor participants in web, social media group and the Docquity app combined.

DOBBS has adopted Docquity as a platform for it’s doctors as unlike other social media apps like Facebook, Docquity is only for doctors. It is a secure and private platform for doctors to share and discuss. Docquity is also being constantly updated and users can now share clinical cases prviately and also participate in CME to get points.

We are pleased to announce that Docquity is now launching a contest to get DOBBS members to sign up and use Docquity. This contest is open to all registered DOBBS members who have not yet signed up with Docquity, and will run for 11 days starting 20th December to 31st December.

Here are the steps

1) Register with Docquity via the Mobile App or from the web sign up
– links at http://www.docquity.com
Authentication is via your mobile number (a PIN will be SMSed to your mobile) and MMC number

2) Authorisation will only be upon verification of your details as an existing registered DOBBS member. If you are a Malaysian doctor but not yet a DOBBS member, you can register using our One Step Registration form

3) Only New Dobbs Docquity sign-ups between 20th December 2016 and 31st December will be entered into the contest

4) 3 lucky winners will get a cash prize of MYR 1000 each.

Good luck Dobbers!

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Homophobia : A Serious Disease

Guest editorial by Dr. Jason Leong

On 23rd May 2015, citizens in Ireland voted heavily in favour of legalizing same sex marriage. On 27th of June the same year, the United States Supreme Court ruled that gay couples can marry. They now make up 20 countries in which such unions are legal.
When Facebook was flooded with rainbow-filtered profile pics, I was unpleasantly surprised to see some of my friends declaring their dismay that ‘God’s laws are no longer being followed’ or that ‘The unnatural has become the norm’ and so on and forth. More interesting, however, was their defensive tone.
One began his post as such, ‘I am so sorry to be seen as traditional, or backward thinking but…’ and one of the comments was ‘I agree! I am so sick of people making fun of me for not being progressive, or liberal…”.
Now, the homophobes were the ones who felt like the minority, being outcasts simply because of who they are and what they believe in. Now, the bigots anxiously crawl out of hiding, full of trepidation at how their friends and family might react to the news they don’t support gay rights.
To me, it was absolutely hilarious to see the tables being turned, albeit briefly.
Oh sure, the arguments then and now haven’t changed. Let’s see if we can quickly debunk two of the major ones, shall we?
‘Homosexuality is unnatural!’ ‘Homosexuality is a choice!’
Firstly, homosexuality abounds in nature. There are more than 130 species of birds which are gay (I bet you the flamingos are knee deep in that). There is an entire book written about homosexuality in animals, aptly titled ‘Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity’.
Secondly, science has found no link to sexuality being a choice. In fact, a 2014 study in the Psychology Journal found that a gene on the X chromosome called Xq28 and a gene on chromosome 8 are more likely to be found in gay men, thus suggesting that sexuality is something we are born with.
And c’mon, if being gay is a choice, then being straight must be a choice too. If you are straight, go on and try your best to be gay, just for a minute. Try and imagine kissing a person of the same sex. Can’t? My point exactly.
‘Same sex marriage denies the child a mother and a father!’
Hey, guess who had heterosexual parents and the benefits of having both father and mother? Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, the politicians stealing our country’s resources and the guy who cut you off in the middle of the road during rush hour and Michael Bay, proof that monsters can be bred from ‘traditional’ upbringings.

Oh and guess what? Children raised by same-sex couples are reportedly happier and healthier, according to a 2014 study by the University of Melbourne which looked at 315 same-sex parents and 500 children.
In fact, I will submit that if and when gay couples get to have children, via adoption or surrogacy or other methods of insemination, the children will be more cherished and valued if only because of the extra hurdles in having them.
A child blessed with same sex parents will always be wanted. After all, 100% of the unwanted teenage pregnancies and 100% cases of baby dumping are through *traditional and heterosexual* relationships.
It is important for those of us who believe in gay rights to speak up loudly for our gay brothers and sisters. Right now, there are kids and teenagers who are either silent in their anguish or being bombarded by friends and family on their ‘affliction’, with insensitive urges to ‘pray the gay away’ or ‘convert back to normal’. It is important for them to know that being homosexual is like vanilla or chocolate, just another flavour.
And to thos who still believe homosexuality is wrong,I leave you with a quote by Victor Hugo who said, “No army can stop an idea whose time has come”.
The idea of treating homosexuals as equals is come now.
There were scholars who thought the Sun circled the Earth, businessmen who used slavery as an economic tool and politicians who deemed women unworthy of voting.
We look back at those misguided people now with derision and disbelief.
That is exactly how our future generation will look upon you. Unprogressive and irrational, clinging to a paradigm past its time.

Dr. Jason Leong is a standup comedian.
Check out his Youtube channel, The Jason Leong Show or Like his Facebook page

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How Safe are our Children in Nurseries?

In the present generation, where both parents often tend to be employed, many parents send their young children to nurseries or other child care services. When we entrust our much loved children into the care of others, we need to ask how competent are these individuals to look after our children when emergencies occur.

The Clinical Research Centre (CRC) at Perak recently audited 42 registered nurseries as to their knowledge in managing emergencies. This study tested the knowledge of Kinta district nursery teachers on paediatric emergencies. We included 6 common emergencies: choking, poisoning, seizures, drowning, head injuries and simple fractures. We had approached 81 registered nurseries and 42 consented to participate in the study. The most senior teacher from each nursery was approached to participate. They were given 6 different scenarios and were asked to identify the emergency and outline the first aid steps that they would perform to help the child.

The results were not encouraging. Remember that this evaluation is based on the most senior/experienced person in the centre and that 69% of participants had prior first aid training. Although teachers were good in identifying the emergencies, none of them (0%) possessed good or average knowledge in managing common emergencies (see info-graphic attached). The majority knew less that 70% of the right steps to take and were often out of sequence. Only 4 nurseries had first aid algorithms to refer to during an emergency and these teachers tended to faired better in the assessment

nurseries

Current policies require registered nurses to have some minimum safety standards. These include making available a first aid kit (all but one nursery audited had first aid kits available) and having some training in handling emergencies (69% had prior first aid training). But our study shows that these are insufficient to support our young children.

We would like to thank these nurseries for the courage to allow us to audit them. This offered them opportunities to improve the quality of care at their centre. Participating nurseries were given a copy of the algorithms to serve as a reference guide in case of an emergency.

We are certain that teachers working at nurseries would like to have the knowledge and skills to support children when faced with an emergency. Calling for help, while useful, may take too long to help a child. We recommend that all nurseries have:
1. Display important first aid algorithms to aid action during emergencies (available from this link: http://www.crc.gov.my/publication-crc-ipoh/ or http://www.crc.gov.my/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/algorithms2.pdf ).
2. A complete first aid kit that is checked periodically.
3. Have all teachers trained in first aid. This should include a formal Paediatric Basic Life Support (BLS) course for at least one staff member.
4. We also strongly encourage parents to evaluate the safety profile of nurseries before enrolling their children.

If this study showed the limited safety capacity of registered nurseries, imagine the situation in the numerous unregistered child care providers and nurseries in our country! We need to work together as a society to improve the quality and safety of child care providers and nurseries in our country.

Thank you.

Dr Arvinder Singh HS, Research Officer
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS, Head
Clinical Research Centre Perak

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