IPOH: The Health Ministry will conduct raids on the illegal clinics and pharmacies operated by foreigners in Kuala Lumpur, says Dr Lee Boon Chye.
The Deputy Health Minister said action would be taken against those involved.
Dr Lee said the ministry has been receiving complaints off and on about foreigners practising medicine in the country without proper procedures.
"This is not only for western medicine, but those dispensing traditional medicines as well.
"The ministry has taken action against those involved sporadically," he told reporters after launching SJK (T) Gunung Rapat's annual sports day here on Saturday (May 25).
Dr Lee was asked to comment on several shoplots that covertly run as illegal clinics and pharmacies manned by "doctors" from Bangladesh in Jalan Silang in Kuala Lumpur.
It was reported on Friday (May 24) that there are dispensaries containing a range of medicines imported from the South Asian country, understood to be both modern and alternative types.
Dr Lee added that all medical practitioners in the country are supposed to be registered under the Malaysian Medical Council.
He said those registered are also suppose to have their annual practising certificates.
"If the unlicensed ones are nabbed they can be fined, and even jailed.
"Therefore, we will definitely take stern action, and gather all evidence to ensure the unscrupulous individuals face the music," he added.
On another matter, Dr Lee said obesity among school children is a growing trend.
He said in 2017, a total of 15.6% of children aged between 10 and 17 were overweight, while 14.8% were obese.
"If compared to 2012, for the same age group, 14.6% were overweight and 12.3% obese.
"The increasing trend is probably due to the nutritional status of the children, and intake of sugary products," he added.
Dr Lee said the ministry and schools have all along been advising students to take less sugar, keep active and carry out more exercises.
He said the ministry has even made sure that the food sold in school canteens was healthy and contained a balanced diet.
On whether vendors outside school premises contributed to children eating junk food, Dr Lee said vendors were banned from selling such unhealthy food items around the vicinity of the school.
"The vendors are not supposed to sell junk food targeting children near the school premises," he added.