JOHOR BARU: The Johor Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Orthopaedic Association hosted a medical camp at Dewan Rakyat Taman Ungku Tun Aminah here recently.
More than 270 people attended the medical camp to enjoy free consultations, treatment and medicines for a wide range of ailments, especially those related to the muscles, bones and joints.
Twenty Chinese physicians and more than 10 volunteers took part in this 61st medical camp held from 11am to 3pm.
The camp was declared open by Gelang Patah MP Tan Ah Eng, who announced an allocation of RM10,000 to aid the association in furthering its social programme of reaching out to the needy.
In her speech, she said she was proud of the association's determination in bringing relief to the sick without causing any financial burden on them.
"Complementary medicine is gaining popularity in the country and is one of the treatment options offered in select government hospitals.
"The camp offers a platform for Chinese physicians to introduce the Chinese method of treatment to all races. This should be encouraged and given recognition," she said.
Also invited to the camp was Pengkalan Rinting state assemblyman Chia Song Cheng, who hoped the government would build more recreational parks in housing estates to give the residents space for exercise to stay fit.
"I believe prevention is better than cure. It is better to do more exercise to stay fit than to spend more money for medication, which is getting expensive these days," he said.
He later announced an allocation of RM5,000 for the association.
Meanwhile, Camp Commander Ong Yi Xing urged all Chinese physicians to equip themselves with more advanced knowledge by enrolling in courses available locally or overseas.
She said it is time to aim for professionalism in the field, as in Western medicine.
An exhibition of herbal plants was held inside the hall in conjunction with the camp.