KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 – Health Ministry innovations led this year’s Design Thinking Association of Malaysia’s awards for the government sector that was organised by design thinking institute, d.school.
The DT-PSA People Centric Award was presented to ophthalmologist officers Asmah Ahmad and Nor Aini Hanafi from the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital, Seremban, for their innovative eye chart which uses symbols for children as young as four years to accurately indicate their level of sight, compared to the conventional alphabet eye test.
“The chart aims to help health clinics to conduct more accurate eye tests for children as young as four-years-old, who might not respond well to the standard alphabet test. We are happy to see that this tool is used to accurately diagnose sight and help children,’’ Asmah was quoted as saying by the Malay Mail.
Separately, the Selangor Health Department’s tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy unit received the DT-PSA Future Forward Award for its Modified Slope Container, or better known as Mosco, an instrument that increases the accuracy of tuberculosis test results and properly diagnoses patients for treatment.
“The Mosco helps to gather better Phlegm samples which garners better results for us to accurately diagnose the patients whether they have TB or otherwise,’’ the unit’s former chief Dr Punitha Makeswaran said.