The Ozone Medical Practitioners Association Malaysia (PPPOM) have requested for the Health Ministry to reconsider the ban of ozone therapy in country.

PETALING JAYA: The Ozone Medical Practitioners Association Malaysia (PPPOM) have requested for the Health Ministry to reconsider the ban of ozone therapy in country.

This was in response to the Health Ministry’s ban on ozone therapy announced on Wednesday.

According to PPPOM's representative Dr Ahmad Hassan Masduki, the ban lumped together two different treatments available in the market here.

He has said one treatment, offered by members of the association, is a form of alternative medicine and the other, beauty-related.

“The beauty industry have overclaimed what ozone therapy can do, it has nothing to do with us.

“They are not part of us. In fact they are not even registered with us.

“To announce a ban on ozone therapy as a whole has impacted us badly as a lot of patients are reliant on the treatment,” said Dr Ahmad Hassan at a press conference yesterday.

He added that claims that part of the ozone therapy, which uses a machine to clean the blood, is not right and has never been practiced by any of the association’s member.

“Claims that we are recycling the dialyser and reusing therapy items is also not acceptable as all our members practice single use with disposable items.

“There are also claims that blood is mixed in a machine. That is not true as the protocol is designed based on our standard operating procedure that is safe and sterile.

“Therefore any risk of cross infection is eliminated,” he explained.

Dr Ahmad Hassan added that the association had approached the Health Ministry in 2011 and had submitted a manual of SOP to be reviewed by the ministry.

However, they did not receive any response.

“It is not fair for them to say that we have never approached them,” he said.