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Published: Monday November 26, 2012 MYT 11:30:00 AM

Health Ministry looking at policies for traditional medicine use in primary healthcare

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is developing policies to integrate traditional health medicine services into the primary healthcare.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said discussions had been held with Asean countries to produce comprehensive and effective regulations for implementation in the primary healthcare sector.

"Previously, such services are only provided in hospitals.

"It is time for us to introduce them at the primary healthcare as it is an effective preventative measure," he told a press conference after launching the 4th Conference on Traditional Medicine in ASEAN countries on Monday.

It was reported 11 government hospitals in the country were offering traditional medicine alongside modern medicine.

Among them are Kepala Batas Hospital (Penang), Sultan Ismail Hospital (Johor Baharu), Putrajaya Hospital, Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (Kuala Terengganu), Duchess of Kent Hospital (Sandakan, Sabah), Sarawak General Hospital (Kuching), Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital (Alor Setar), Port Dickson Hospital, Sultanah Hajah Kalsom Hospital (Cameron Highlands) and Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (Kota Baru).