CSR Initiative by Education Malaysia Global Services Featuring Dr.Takayuki Akahoshi

Kuala Lumpur, Monday, 8 April 2019 Dr. Takayuki AKAHOSHI is recognised as one of the most successful and innovative ophthalmologists today. The Director of Ophthalmology at the Mitsui Memorial Hospital in Tokyo, Japan is a world-renowned authority in cataract surgery, particularly for his development of the phaco prechop technique and instrumentation that divides the nucleus prior to phacoemulsification, thereby eliminating the process of nuclear grooving.

Dr. Akahoshi has graciously honoured Malaysia as his next country of choice to share his expertise. EGMS, in collaboration with the National University of Malaysia (UKM) and the Ministry of Health, are proud host a series of programmes at UKM Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur; Langkawi Hospital, Kedah; and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sabah between 23 and 30 April 2019 as part of our corporate social responsibility initiatives.

The main highlight would be live surgeries where Dr Akahoshi would be offering free treatment using own-developed techniques to select locals at UKMMC and Langkawi Hospital. These programmes would involve skills transfer which would benefit local specialists and specialist trainees in this field.

He would also deliver lectures at each location which would benefit ophthalmologists, ophthalmology trainees and other medical officers. Together with other local specialists, Dr Akahoshi would also deliver lectures at the National Cataract Surgery Symposium (NCSS 2019) at UKM Medical Centre, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur on 26-28 April 2019 – Malaysia’s first at national level.

The Government of Malaysia has been investing heavily in this field. There are currently 3 public universities that offer courses and trainings in ophthalmology, which are the National University of Malaysia (UKM), University of Malaya (UM) and University of Science, Malaysia (USM).

The government also built the Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital (THONEH) to provide public education and professional care in this area. Under the hospital, National Eye Bank was set up to help with the procurement of eye donors, and the National Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences (NIOS) to provide training and research programmes.

Cataract surgery is compulsory as part of specialist training in ophthalmology. Today, the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology has 606 members, and with the right training programmes in place, more would have the honour to put their names on the register.

Dr. Akahoshi’s visit would provide an excellent opportunity to boost Malaysia’s teaching and learning (T&L) and continuing professional development (CPD) in this area. This is not only for ophthalmologists, but also specialists in other related disciplines. In making these great strides, Malaysia is leading the way and setting a new benchmark for the region in ophthalmology.

Dr. Takayuki Akahoshi also had the pleasure to have administered treatment to YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia in 2015.

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Sarah Azreen Abdul Samat

Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.