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Not Sure If Something’s Effective Against Covid-19? Ask MaHTAS.

Not Sure If Something’s Effective Against Covid-19? Ask MaHTAS.

Meet the Malaysia Health Technology Assessment Section of the Ministry of Health.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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When the pandemic first reared its head, when there was only one strain of Covid-19, there was no shortage of dubious technologies claiming to be a remedy that is effective against the pandemic. 

Remember disinfection tunnels, gamma radiation sterilization for PPEs, and walk-in screening booths for Covid-19?

The effectiveness of these technologies was dubious and they gave people false hope. 

In Malaysia, a special department at the Ministry of Health stood in their way, the front liners who prevent Covid-19 technology misinformation.

They are the Malaysia Health and Technology Assessment Section (MaHTAS). Their sole task is to conduct an assessment on health technologies and develop clinical practice guidelines. 

MaHTAS is not new; in 2017, studies conducted by MaHRAS resulted in the nationwide ban on Ozone therapy.

With Covid-19, their role has gained significant importance. So much so that they have their own special section on the Ministry Of Health Covid-19 page

Recently the Ministry of Health’s statement that infrared thermometers do not cause brain damage was based on MaHTAS’ rapid review

Soif you ever wondered; “is non-contact infrared thermometer accurate?“, “can UV Lamp kill Covid-19?“, “can neem turmeric treat Covid 19?“, or “is Ivermectin effective for treating Covid-19?“, give the MaHTAS page a visit. 

You can also find MaHTAS on Facebook and Twitter.


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