Groups laud travel SOP for cancer patients seeking medical treatment

Khong (right) and Kong are urging cancer patients not to defer their medical treatment during the MCO period.

GROUPS providing support to cancer patients have lauded the government’s swift action in addressing inconsistencies affecting those who have to travel for medical treatment.

This followed feedback from cancer patients who were told to get a police permit if they are required to cross state or district lines for medical treatment during the movement control order period.

Prostate Cancer Society Malaysia assistant secretary Steven Kong said one of its members highlighted the matter which prompted the society to obtain clarification.

Along with Together Against Cancer (TAC) Association Malaysia, they wrote to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on the matter.

“We were relieved that on May 9, the minister gave a statement that patients would only need to produce a doctor’s appointment or treatment schedule when they were stopped at road blocks, ” he said.

TAC secretary Khong Chee Seng said he was thankful that the government had heard their plea.

“However, this situation of groups having to clarify the standard operating procedure with the government should not have happened, ” he said.

To prevent such problems from recurring, the National Security Council and Health Ministry must come out with a unified decision, he said.

“We also urge cancer patients to not defer treatment because of minor inconveniences like roadblocks.

“Some patients tend to skip their appointments as they are afraid of exposing themselves to Covid-19 at hospitals, which they feel are high-risk areas.

“Hospitals are safe and they should keep to their treatment schedule, ” he said. — By JAROD LIM

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