Dr Hilmi: Clinics Must Have Licence To Operate

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GEORGE TOWN, May 14 – The health ministry has stressed that clinics must have operating licence and be registered with the ministry. Health Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said this was to ensure the public did not seek treatment from illegal clinics.

He said the ministry was strict in this matter as it did not want the people to risk their health in seeking treatment from illegal clinics. He said this at a press conference on ‘World No Tobacco Day’ at the Adventist Hospital here Friday. Dr Hilmi urged those who stumbled upon illegal clinics to report to the health authorities.

On Thursday night, the state health department ordered a health and aesthetic clinic in Icon City to close down during a two-hour raid when it was found not registered with the ministry. Medical supplies and related-paraphernalia were seized from the clinic. The premises was sealed under Section 4(1) of the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1988. If the clinic can produce its registration certificate within 21 days, the seal will be removed.

Initial checks revealed the clinic had provided services which included, among others, minor surgery, pregnancy test, health screening, vaccination, immunisation and alternative medicine. The services were displayed on the front glass door. According to state health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan, the raid was conducted following public information that the clinic was operating illegally.

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