03 July 2012
The Malaysian Society of Otorhinolaryngologists was officially registered on January 9th, 1981. Thirty years on, and 300-member strong, we are indebted to the pioneers who birthed our Society and toiled to bring us from strength to strength.
In my six years in the EXCO, I witnessed great strides in the life of MSOHNS. In 2009, Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh put us on the map with the 1st Malaysian International ORL-HNS Congress and produced the first Consensus Guidelines in URTI.
In 2010, Dr Pua Kin Choo reached out to the public with a national Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Campaign and provided health services for the Orang Asli in Cameron Highland. In 2011, in Kuching, Dr Harvinder Singh led us in playing host to the world with the ASEAN ORL Congress and produced the Consensus Guidelines for Inflammatory Diseases of the Nose.
These are but a few of the "game-changing" achievements that have set the standard and provided direction for us.
Today, as a collective body of surgeons of the Ear, Nose and Throat, we are uniquely positioned to impact society positively.
This is especially true, for example, in the areas of childhood deafness, obstructive sleep apnea, head & neck cancers, and minimally invasive surgery in difficult-toreach areas.
We realize that there are needs that only we can address, problems that only we have the answers to, and challenges that only we are equipped to surmount. It has been my great pleasure and privilege, therefore, to have led the Society in the last one year, cognizant of these challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities presented to us.
In the last one year
To push the boundaries of our skills and knowledge, we developed together in the Otology Updates, in the 3rd ENT Allergy Certificate Course (led by Dr Ramiza Ramli), the MSOHNS Retreat in Facio-plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (led by Dr Vincent Tan), the 7th Joint Malaysia-Singapore Meeting (led by Dr Prepageran), the Annual Scientific Meeting (led by Dr Goh Bee See) and as a climax, in the stellar event of the Inaugural Asean Sleep Congress and 4th Malaysian International ORL - HNS Congress led by Dr Jeevanan and his organising committee.
To influence the direction of healthcare we engaged policy makers through dialog with the honorable Minister of Health Dato Sri Liow Tiong Lai and Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman on critical issues such as screening for OSA in public transport drivers, sleepstudy facilities in every state, insurance compensation for sleep surgeries and CPAP, head and neck cancer awareness.
Dialogs with the MMC on ENT fee schedule revisions were led by Dr Arun Kumar.
To impact the public positively we reached out in public Head & Neck Cancer Awareness and Screening programs in Penang (led by Dr Pua Kin Choo), Miri (led by Dr Doris Evelyn Jong), Kota Kinabalu (led by Dr Halim), Alor Setar (led by Dr Masaany) and Klang (led by Dr Pria and Sushil Brito). The climax of this was the MSOHNS Health Camp in Bentong (led by Dr Ida Sadjaah Sachlin) on 7th January where we screened over 500 members of the public for head & neck cancer. These programs were overall coordinated by Dr Avatar Singh and Dr Rosalind Simon.
To develop effective healthcare delivery we collaborated with the Malaysian Medical Association and respective state divisions to provide ENT Primary Care Updates to general practitioners and paramedic staff in eleven states.
This provided a platform for mutual learning, partnerships, and empowering early ENT care on the ground. The contribution of our many members in these talks was greatly appreciated, and has set a new standard for continuous medical education. We also published the Consensus Statement in the Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (led by Dr Rosalind Simon) and the Guide in the Management of Peripheral Vertigo (led by Dr Philip Rajan).
To keep us all updated on the on-goings of our fraternity, Dr Irfan Mohammad and Dr Ramiza have given us two issues of our revived ENT Newsletter!
I am infinitely indebted to my Executive Committee members whose enormous sacrifices made these successes possible.
Please join me in congratulating and thanking this tireless team of able and talented leaders. I sincerely believe they have not only been the ‘dream team’ but have been a shining example of how consensus, teamwork and bold execution can make any dream a reality.
I would also like to thank all the members of the Society who have contributed to and supported these programs unstintingly. Truly, together we have made a difference.
Where are we headed?
In my own ‘crystal ball’, I can see many exciting challenges ahead.
We are increasingly subspecialized and our professional development programs needs to be more focused. The public is far more aware today of options available to them and this presents an opportunity for us to engage them.
Policy-makers need our professional advice and we want to see best practices implemented to the benefit of the nation.
On this note, I wish Dr Primuharsa Putra, the incoming President all the best. I have full confidence that he will bring us to greater heights and I urge the Society to fully support him in his plans and program as I do. We listen to needs. We breathe new life. And we speak boldly!
We are E N T.
Dr Yap Yoke Yeow