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Traditional, Complementary Medicine Act ready for tabling by June
KUCHING: The Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM) Act is ready for tabling in parliament by June, the latest, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said the ministry was confident that with the existence of the Act, TCM practitioners in this country would adhere to the medical discipline and regulations in a more professional way, besides protecting the rights of patients seeking this form of treatment.
"So far, 10 government hospitals nationwide have a TCM unit each that is registered and recognised by the ministry," he said after opening an international TCM conference, here, today.
Liow said the implementation of the TCM Act would also assist the ministry in carrying out research and development (R&D) activities on TCM practices in this country.
On the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Sarawak, he said although the number of cases had dropped, the ministry continued to monitor the situation.
He said there were now only 261 cases reported within a week since such cases had been reported over a 17-week period.
"The HFMD situation in Sarawak is improving, but my ministry would like to remind parents to immediately report to the nearest hospital or clinic if their child has suspected symptoms of HFMD," he added. -- BERNAMA