PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry will take stern action against those offering ozone therapy as there are no health benefits associated with it and can even lead to death, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam (pic).
In a statement on Wednesday, Dr Subramaniam said that ozone therapy does not confer any health benefits, adding that it could also endanger the lives of those who undergo the "treatment".
"The Health Ministry would like to re-emphasise that ozone therapy is not a recognised treatment and could cause severe medical complications including death.
"The Ministry views the practice of ozone therapy seriously and the regulation of this device and practice should be in accordance to existing medical legislation," Subramaniam said.
The Ministry added that that all forms of ozone therapy – where a person's blood is run through an ozone therapy machine – fall under the ambit of medical treatment.
"Therefore, it is compulsory for the practice to fulfil every aspect of existing medical laws and action can be taken against the providers should they fail to comply," said Subramaniam.
The Ministry also noted that ozone therapy is currently offered in certain businesses, including clinics and beauty salons, where they could be manned by healthcare professionals or unqualified personnel.
"Health Technology Assessments done by Malaysian Health Technology Assessment Section (Mahtas) revealed that there is no scientific evidence to support any therapeutic benefit from the usage of the abovementioned therapies for any illnesses," said Subramanian.
"Moreover, the therapy exposes the users to risks of bleeding from the usage of heparin, embolism (occlusion of blood vessels from air bubbles), infection from unsterile instruments and permanent disability resulting from impairment of organs such as the kidneys," he added.
Complaints about registered medical practitioners who provide ozone therapy can be forwarded to the Malaysian Medical Council for further action via telephone at 03-2691 2171, fax at 03-2691 2937/2693 8569, email at email@example.com, or make an online complaint at www.mmc.gov.my/index.php/making-a-complaint
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