Malaysians reminded not to rely on ‘Dr Google’ for health well-being

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – Malaysians are reminded not to rely too much on the health-related content online or ‘Dr Google’ for health well-being and medical options, said Health Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min.

Admitting such googling trend was quite worrying, Dr Chen said the search engine could diagnose a person with minor symptoms as having a serious health condition.

“Social media or Google can be used to gain general knowledge or information. It is informative but it does not put things in the right proportion. Nowadays, when people fall sick, they quickly google for information.

“When you google for your health conditions, the symptoms will appear. When they read this, they will assume that this is their current health conditions and get scared. Without a proper consultation, they resort to treatment. This is very worrying,” he told reporters after launching the Malaysia Health & Wellness Brand Awards 2018, organised by Sin Chew Daily and Life Magazine yesterday.

Held in March 22, 2019, Malaysia Health & Wellness Brand Awards 2018 reward best health and wellness brands for their commitment to provide high-quality, safe healthcare products and services using the benchmarks associated with global best practices.

Dr Chen also advised the public to seek help from medical professionals to diagnose health conditions since information online was not tailored “so what works for one may not work for others”.