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The decision to integrate healthcare is now in Health Ministry’s court



KUALA LUMPUR: Two reports have been submitted to the Ministry of Health on the regulation of traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) facilities.

The director of the ministry’s TCM division, Dr. Goh Cheng Soon, said the division recently finalized guidelines for TCM facilities and two reports had been submitted to the ministry’s top brass to get the green light.

Such a move was necessary as the Private Health Facility Services Act prohibits the practice of modern medicine and TCM under the same roof.

“We hope to have a regulation for the premises. We have prepared our regulatory impact analysis and regulatory impact statement.

“We need to get senior management approval before we have a public commitment,” he said during a seminar on “Integrating Traditional and Complementary Wisdom into Modern Practice” here on Saturday.

Dr. Goh, who delivered her keynote speech entitled “Traditional Chinese Medicine Meets Conventional Medicine: Is Integration the Best Care Option for Patients?” said that the regulation of Chinese medicine facilities Traditional Chinese was the way to go.

Organized by the Integrative Medicine Committee of the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) led by Dr. Anil Kumar Kukreja, the annual seminar was attended by physicians and TCM practitioners.

Dr. Goh noted that the ministry has recognized seven types of TCM, comprising traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian treatments; along with homeopathy, chiropractic, osteopathy and Islamic medicine.

“Selected MTC services are provided in public hospitals, integrated with modern medicine, and offered in outpatient settings.

“It is limited to specific TCM therapies and indications, according to ministry guidelines,” he said, adding that such services required a referral from a doctor.

He said that traditional Chinese medicine treatments, such as traditional massage, acupuncture, herbal therapy, shirodhara, external basti therapy and varmam therapy, were offered in 15 hospitals across the country to patients experiencing discomfort such as chronic pain, back conditions to stroke, radiation and chemotherapy side effects, depression, insomnia, anxiety, stress and pain, and stiffness in the lower back, knee or neck.

“Until now, 99.5% of patients have been satisfied with the traditional Chinese medicine treatments they receive at government health centers,” he said.

Reiterating the need to focus on patient-centered care, Dr. Goh called for the integration of T&CM into the National Health System to ensure quality health care services for the people.

“Integration allows equity and accessibility of public health, transparency and monitoring and evaluation of practice.

“It fills the gap in health care and creates a culturally sensitive health care system that is sustainable and resilient.

“This is all important in our white paper,” he said, referring to a proposal by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to reform the health system, especially to ensure it is future-proof.

He said on August 15 that he was expected to appear in Parliament in November.

MMA President Dr. Koh Kar Chai said that traditional Chinese medicine played a role in managing the population’s care.

To achieve holistic healthcare, he said changes must be made at the ministerial level to allow doctors with formal training in the TCM modalities they choose to incorporate their skills into their practice.

“The term ‘integrative medicine’ should be registered as one of the recognized TCM modalities and allow clinicians to incorporate their chosen TCM modalities into their clinical practice.

“The nature of modalities labeled as components of integrative medicine could then be assessed by the association’s integrative medicine committee before being submitted to the ministry’s TCM division and the TCM council for approval,” said.

He also suggested conducting a clinical link with teaching institutions to certify a doctor before he can register with the ministry to practice traditional Chinese medicine.

Despite some differing views on TCM in modern health care, Dr. Koh said total reform of the health care system was the way forward for Malaysia.

“There is a place for everyone in health services. The health system must be reformed.

“This is not just about traditional Chinese medicine, but you have to look at everything … from how we recruit and train medical students to how we offer services to the general public,” he added.

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Anwar to meet govt depts, agencies to focus on cost of living issues on Nov 27



KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will hold a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya on Sunday (November 27) that will focus on cost of living issues affecting people.

“Tonight, we held a prayer session with parishioners and friends in Sungai Long.

“Tomorrow morning at 11am there will be a meeting with government departments and agencies in Putrajaya that will focus on the cost of living issues that are burdening the people,” he said in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts on Saturday. (November 26).

Anwar is scheduled to attend the 2022 National Cost of Living Action Council special meeting at 11am on Sunday in Perdana Putra, Putrajaya. – Bernama

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Football: Malaysia Cup 2022: JDT take trophy after downing Red Giants 2-1



PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) has become the 2022 Malaysia Cup champion after beating Selangor 2-1 in the final held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Saturday (November 26).

JDT and the Red Giants were tied 1–1 at halftime before JDT’s Fernando Forestieri scored the game-winner in the 59th minute.


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I was just there to see my friends, says Ismail Sabri rubbishing talk of meeting between BN, PAS leaders



PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob says he was at a country club in Petaling Jaya for a farewell party for former employees of the Prime Minister’s Department on Friday (November 25).

The former prime minister strongly denied that it was said he was at the club for a closed-door meeting between Barisan Nasional and PAS leaders, Sinar Harian reported.

Ismail, Umno’s vice president, said he would only meet friends for a farewell ceremony.

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“These (rumors) are malicious slander meant to tarnish my name. Nowadays, I can’t even meet my friends,” he told the Malaysiakini online news portal.

Talk about a meeting at the club had gone viral on social media after photos of various politicians arriving at the club were posted online.

Ismail added that it was unfair for certain quarters to label him a “traitor” for meeting with PAS leaders, however BN leaders who met with their Pakatan Harapan counterparts earlier this week were branded as “heroes”. .

The viral post lists Ismail, former Umno General Secretary Tan Sri Annuar Musa, PAS General Secretary Takiyuddin Hassan, MCA President Datuk Dr. Seri Wee Ka Siong and former Putrajaya Umno Deputy Director Datuk Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, among those who attended the meeting. .

Earlier, Dr. Wee said in a Facebook post that he had been to the club after receiving an invitation from two businessmen.

“It was to have dim sum for brunch at a restaurant located in the country club.

“When I arrived, I met former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who was in the cafeteria next to the restaurant.

“I greeted him before my friends arrived. When they (my friends) arrived, I went directly to the aforementioned restaurant for lunch,” he said, adding that he was hurt by the slanderous accusations.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also denied that Barisan General Treasurer Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was present at the farewell ceremony.

Sinar Harian reported that Ismail Sabri also said that other Umno leaders such as Khairy Jamaluddin were also slandered for going against party chairman Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Right now, because they want to support other people to form a government and appoint someone to be prime minister, the Umno leaders are slandering each other and dividing the party,” he said.

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