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Malaysia honors Madenjit Singh for outstanding contribution to teaching sector

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

On May 16 (Teachers Day), the Government of Malayasia paid tribute to Malaysia-based Indian teacher, Madenjit Singh, for his excellent contribution in the teaching sector, after he was  short-listed for the US $1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

Born in a poor Malaysian family, Singh had to leave the school at the tender age of 12. The pain of poverty ignited a passion within him to work for poor children. In 2000, he built his own NGO where he started giving free education to poor children.

The school runs on the motto of “Men and women are equal. Stop gender discrimination.” Based on these lines, the male students have to bring one female student to take admission in the school.

Singh teaches in his own NGO, ‘Grassroots Development Institute-Science of Life Studies’ (GDI-SOLS). The NGO offers a free and comprehensive two-year training programme, providing life skills for disadvantaged youths. It now runs 185 schools in remote villages of Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Laos and India.

The NGO has won several awards and has been invited to expand its social work to other countries as well.

Previously, Madenjit has been honored by Berjaya Corporation Founder, Tan Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan, and the Better Malaysia Foundation as the Personality of The Year 2012. Singh has also been adjudged among “Top Ten of Malaysia” for “Making A Difference.”

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Malaysia Launches Vaccination Campaign After 1st Polio Infection in 27 Years

The last case of polio registered in Malaysia occurred in 1992. Eight years later, the country was declared polio-free along with the other nations in the Western Pacific Region

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FILE - An Indian medical volunteer administers a dose of polio vaccine to a child in Hyderabad, India, Jan. 29, 2017. (Representational image). VOA

Malaysian health authorities on Monday launched a vaccination campaign in rural areas of the jungle-covered island of Borneo after detecting the first case of polio since the Southeast Asian country declared itself free of the viral disease in 2000.

The infected is a three-month-old boy in the town of Tuaran, who was hospitalized with fever and muscle weakness and tested positive for the virus on December 6, the Director-General of Malaysia’s Health Ministry, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said in a statement issued on Sunday.

“The patient is currently under treatment in an isolation ward and in a stable condition, but still requires respiratory support,” the official added in his statement.

Malaysia is the second Asian country to have recorded a polio infection this year after the Philippines, which declared an outbreak of the circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) on September 19, reports Efe news.

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A child receiving vaccine drops. Wikimedia Commons

According to Noor Hisham, tests conducted by the World Health Organization’s Polio Regional Reference Laboratory in Melbourne showed that the virus detected in the Malaysian infant was genetically linked to the strain in the Philippines, which neighbours Borneo.

Noor Hisham said that a survey of polio-infected children in Sabah, one of Malaysia’s two states located on the north of Borneo, the world’s third-largest island, found that 23 out of 199 children aged between two months and 15 years had not been vaccinated.

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“This is a worrying situation, as the spread of polio can only be stopped with immunization,” he said. “Vaccination rates should always be higher than 95 per cent to prevent infection.”

The last case of polio registered in Malaysia occurred in 1992. Eight years later, the country was declared polio-free along with the other nations in the Western Pacific Region. (IANS)