MoH to take actions against illegal dental practitioners

The Ministry of Health (MoH) will take enforcement actions against illegal dental practitioners under the Dental Act 2018 (Act 804), said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said MoH viewed each complaint received by the ministry’s Dental Health Programme seriously, adding that the complaints will be investigated before enforcement measures including raids are taken through the provisions under Part VI of the Dental Act 2018 (Act 804).

He said MoH was aware of these activities which also involved those who provided illegal dental training that could result in various adverse effects and threaten the public’s health.

“Curbing these rampant illegal dental activities, involving those providing treatment or those receiving treatment, as well as the people providing unauthorised (dental) training, is a shared responsibility,“ he said in a statement today.

The statement was issued following several articles focusing on these fake dentists published in local English-language newspapers on July 4 and 5.

The Dental Act 2018 (Act 804) which came into force on January 1 this year states only qualified, authorised and professional practitioners will be registered and eligible to provide dental services, while Section 62(1) of Act 804 prohibits persons who are not registered under Act 804 from practising dentistry.

Under Section 62(3) of the same Act, individuals who violate the provisions of subsection 62(1) of the Act can be fined up to RM300,000 or jailed for up to six years or both if convicted.

Dr Noor Hisham said the public can file an official complaint regarding the illegal activity to the Dental Health Programme, MoH at Level 5, Block E10, Complex E, Presint 1 Federal Government Administration Centre, 62590 Putrajaya, adding that complaints can also be made via telephone at 03-88834215 or email ohd@moh.gov.my. –  Bernama


MOH implements temporary measures to address medicine supply shortage

The Health Ministry (MOH) has taken several temporary solutions to overcome the medicine supply shortage at private clinics and hospitals as well as community pharmacies in the country.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said private health facilities could apply for a loan of supply of medicines from other private health facilities or the nearest government health facility.

“Government health facilities can consider lending supplies of medicines for use during emergencies, crises and disasters by ensuring in advance the availability and balance of sufficient medicine stocks for the daily activities of the government health facilities,” he said in a statement today.

Khairy said if necessary, patients could be referred to the nearest government health facility to continue treatment, however, the patient may need to change the medication regimen based on the availability at the said facility.

He added that patients can also buy the medicines from community pharmacies with a prescription from the clinic or private hospital involved.

“The MOH hopes that these measures can provide a temporary solution to the medicine supply shortage at private health facilities to ensure the continuity of quality health services to the people,” he said.

He said that at the same time, the MOH had also started sharing information on the list of medicines with supply shortage issues and alternative product recommendations for these medicines with private medical practitioners, private hospitals and community pharmacies.

“This list will be updated from time to time. This measure is implemented to reduce the impact on the current situation and the optimal use of other generic drugs as alternatives, which still have a supply in the market.

“The MOH is working on a long-term solution to address this issue and continuous monitoring is being carried out to ensure the availability of medicines throughout Malaysia,” he said. – Bernama


MOH: Booster dose given according to current developments on COVID-19

The administration of the COVID-19 booster vaccine is based on current developments in relation to the effectiveness of vaccines and challenges arising from the emergence of new variants of the virus, the Health Ministry (MOH) said today.

It said the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme for the first and second doses was still actively implemented on Sept 20, 2021, with the rate of fully vaccinated adults then being at 79.6 per cent and still short of the 90 per cent target.

According to MOH, interstate travel was still not allowed and travel into and out of the country was tightly controlled then, apart from the fact that the comprehensive administering of the booster dose had yet to begin in September 2021.

“The administration (of booster dose) was implemented in stages, with priority then given to vulnerable groups comprising senior citizens, people with comorbidities and those exposed to risk of infection.

“Only after the majority of these groups had received the booster (dose) was the booster vaccination opened to the eligible general population,” MOH said in a statement on its Facebook page tonight.

It was clarifying a viral video on Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin talking about the third dose at a press conference after inspecting the COVID-19 screening services at KLIA on Sept 20, 2021.

Khairy had said the booster dose at that time needed to be given to those aged 60 and above, and people with comorbidities or immunocompromised, while healthy individuals were not encouraged to take the jab.

MOH said countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore also offered the booster dose to their adult populations. – Bernama