PETALING JAYA: Traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) providers should be allowed to operate during the ongoing lockdown as many are depending on this medical treatment, says MCA.
Its secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon said TCM falls under the purview of the Health Ministry and it has been acknowledged and even practised in some governmental clinics.
“However, under the lockdown, TCM was not included in the list of essential sectors albeit being ever-present in healthcare practices,” he said in a statement on Sunday (June 20).
Chong also said that many people who traditionally depended on TCM services for their respective medical conditions are now “at their wits’ end” without their usual treatment.
“This will undoubtedly be detrimental if the situation prolongs,” he added.
Chong said by allowing the TCM sector to operate during the lockdown, it could lessen the present burden on the public healthcare situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Under the current circumstances, many who usually opt for traditional medicine now have no choice but to seek treatment from hospitals and clinics, translating into more pressure for medical frontliners.
“Hence, I urge the government to consider allowing TCM services including traditional Chinese medicine to resume operations, allowing people to seek the treatment they need, and reduce the burden of the public healthcare system,” he added.
Previously, Chinese Physicians Medicine Dealers Associations Malaysia (FCPMDAM) president Ting Ka Hua reportedly said the Health Ministry did not consult any of the TCM stakeholders before arriving at the decision to exclude TCM from the essential services sector.