Unqualified, unregistered not allowed to carry out medical procedures, says Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR: Unqualified individuals who are unregistered will not be allowed to carry out any procedures, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

"We will not compromise on this matter because procedures involving dentists or orthodontists must be done by qualified doctors who are registered," said Khairy

"There is no other way around this unless they have formal training in the matter. We will be increasing our enforcement effort to ensure such practices by fake doctors are not carried out," he added.

He told reporters on Thursday (Aug 11) that this is because the procedures are high-risk and as such must be done by those with the qualifications.

Khairy was responding to The Star’s series of reports exposing syndicates in the beauty industry that allegedly offer short dentistry courses to anyone who wished to acquire the skills and set up their own business.

On this, he said that his ministry and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will have an engagement session with those from the beauty industry to see where some considerations could be made.

Khairy added the meeting was being held as industry players had requested it.

Earlier Khairy launched the BEAUTY (Bringing Education and Understanding to You) and HEALTH, a community-based digitally driven intervention for the improvement of cancer-specific health knowledge, literacy and risk-reduction practices based within community barbershop and beauty salons in Malaysia for screenable male and female cancers and other Non-Communicable Diseases.

The BEAUTY and HEALTH is a joint project by the National Cancer Society of Malaysia and the Asia Cancer Forum (Japan).

Through this, the local barbershops and beauty salons will act as a health communication platform for cancer prevention and screening.

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