In 1880, the Taiping Hospital, between the oldest hospital in this country was built and known as Yeng Wah Hospital. Taiping Hospital also made history for being the first hospital is equipped with x-ray after a few months the author was introduced to the public by Assoc. W.C roentgen. In addition to the establishment of hospitals, the trend of infectious diseases such as malaria and beri-beri, which frequently led to the establishment of the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) in 1900. The presence of IMR is to make the study of the causes of this disease and methods to control tropical diseases, especially infections.
Not only that, concerns over a possible spread of disease due to malnutrition, disease, smallpox and rabies also strengthen the IMR requirements established in this country. Starting from the research work carried out and the vibrant services in 1928, the Division of Entomology and Malaria Advisory Body established. Followed thereafter, set about Nutrition and Biochemistry Division, bacteria and Pathology.
History of health services was also recorded in the state. It started when Raja Brooke era in which the hospital was built specifically for the treatment of European officers and their families. Local girls are also trained to become nurses and midwives in Kuching. During the colonial period, the service in the state have focused on medical care in urban areas. In the meantime, health services in Sabah established by the North Borneo Chartered Company which ran the state from 1881 to 1942.
History of health services is also marked by the existence of dental services in Malaya with the establishment of the first government dental clinic in 1929 at Cross Road (formerly known as Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin), Kuala Lumpur. To ensure that the people enjoy better dental services, Dental Nurse Training College was established in 1949 in Penang to train nurses, dental technology and dental surgery assistants. While the first college established Kejuruwaratan is Penang's College of Nursing in 1947 and followed with the opening of the nurses hostel on July 16, 1956 by Sir Donald Mc Gilivray KCMG, MBE Formerly known as Kejururawat School of Penang. This college has initiated a new curriculum dangan Basic Training, Post Basic Training Course of Paediatrics, Obstetrics Course Course, Intensive Care, Coronary course and course Perioperatif.
Medical Assistant College Ulu Kinta is the second institution established in the Peninsula Medical Assistant Malaysiauntuk train in order to meet the needs and health services in Malaysia in general. Other College Medical Assistant located in Seremban, Kuching, and Alor Star. Medical Assistant College officially Ulu Kinta has been operating on January 1, 1992 in the presence of six trainers. On January 13, 1992, the College of Medical Assistants start basic training in the presence of 50 participants. However, the history of this college began earlier, in the year 1956 to provide training for assistant nurses. Hence it is used to train Junior Assistant Hospital in 1970. In 1992, Manpower Planning and Training has decided to make this college as a Medical Assistant training curriculum that provides training in the new Medical Assistant diploma class.
In the 7th Malaysia Plan, the government approved the construction of five College of Allied Health Sciences (KSKB) under the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Colleges are College of Allied Health Sciences Sg. Buloh, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Johor Bahru, and Ulu Kinta. KSKB provide training from six disciplines of Nursing, Radiography and Radiotherapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapist, Assistant, Pharmacy and Environmental Health. KSKB objective is to conduct the Academic Training Program in Health Sciences semi-professional level appropriate to the needs of manpower, especially in health sciences and instill positive attitudes and to develop moral character, innovative and always ready to face the competitive world of globalization health sciences careers.
After independence, the government's focus is more on improving the socio-economic development of the rural population. During independence, in the year 1957, the country has a total of 65 hospitals. Since the country gained independence, the Ministry shows excellent performance in health care the people of Malaysia. In the 20 years of independence (1957-1977), the development of national health care focuses mainly on the development and upgrading of existing health services. That's when General Health Center, Health Center Small, Home Midwives and clinic starts.
Development of pharmacy services began to grow with the formation of Medical Store in Petaling Jaya in 1964. In line with the rapid development of pharmaceuticals, the Pharmaceutical Services Division (PSD) was established in 1974 to deliver a more comprehensive pharmacy services to the people of Malaysia. Under the PSD, established National Laboratory (MKKUK), an institution that is responsible for conducting tests for pharmaceuticals. MKKUK changed its name to the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB) in 1992 in line with the development of pharmaceutical regulatory functions of the agency and acts as secretariat to the Drug Control Authority (DCA).
Ministry of Health also played a role in the restoration of social issues and community development, the Social Welfare Department was placed under the Ministry of Health in two separate periods, namely from 1956 to 1957 and 1960 to 1962. During the merger period, the Ministry known as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with the first minister is B. Dato 'V.T. Sambanthan (1957-1959). But starting from 1963 the Ministry transferred back to the original name of the Ministry of Health Malaysia to minister to four of the Honourable Dato 'Abdul Rahman Talib (1962 - 1964) in which the name remained until now.
Ministry of Health Malaysia will continue to grow with the increase in health facilities each year. The Ministry is also a reference from neighboring countries in a variety of medical technologies and methods such as Cardiology and Geriatric medicine. Ministry of Health will now focus on the broader health care facilities, particularly in providing fair, accessible and quality. This development is in line with changing patterns of environmental health, health technology development of globalization and liberalization on the pattern of changes in disease, health, environment and technology development at the global level.