Op­er­a­tors urge min­istry to re­con­sider ban, lis­ten to in­dus­try play­ers

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Min­istry’s move to ban “ozone ther­apy” has hit op­er­a­tors hard, with many ex­press­ing shock over the un­ex­pected an­nounce­ment.

One of them, Nu­rul Faizaa Sa­bani, who has been in the in­dus­try for al­most six years, said she was dev­as­tated by the move.

The min­istry, she said, should have dis­cussed the mat­ter with ozone ther­apy as­so­ci­a­tions, op­er­a­tors and those who had ben­e­fited from the treat­ment be­fore mak­ing such a de­ci­sion.

“The an­nounce­ment caught many of us by sur­prise.

“We have been do­ing this for al­most six years, and we fol­low all the nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures — no hanky panky.

“All our em­ploy­ees are staff nurses, and we sent them for train­ing with the Malaysian Ozone Prac­ti­tion­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

“This should be dis­cussed in de­tail. The min­istry should not lis­ten to only part of the story and look at just a hand­ful of (neg­a­tive) com­ments.

“We have done this for so long, and none of our cus­tomers have ex­pe­ri­enced com­pli­ca­tions,” said the owner of Nexzeal Ozone Ther­apy Cen­tre.

An­other op­er­a­tor, Ah­mad Has­san Mas­duki, said the move to ban the prac­tice was pre­ma­ture and un­fair, adding that a pe­ti­tion would be pre­sented to Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam.

“My cus­tomers have con­tacted me to ex­press their dis­ap­point­ment. They have re­quested that I pre­pare a pe­ti­tion for them to sign and present it to the min­is­ter soon.

“We want the min­is­ter to know the ben­e­fits of ozone ther­apy.

“He should not only take into con­sid­er­a­tion some iso­lated cases that al­legedly led to deaths.

“I have been prac­tis­ing ozone ther­apy for 14 years, and none of our pa­tients have died.”

Ah­mad also ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment over the pres­ence of a num­ber of profit-driven ozone ther­apy cen­tres that dis­re­gard safe prac­tices in han­dling pa­tients.

“There are a small num­ber of op­er­a­tors who are busi­ness driven and fail to fol­low pro­ce­dures when con­duct­ing ozone ther­apy.

“They should pick and choose their pa­tients and con­duct blood tests be­fore pro­vid­ing ther­apy.

“Not all ill­nesses can be ad­dressed with ozone ther­apy.”

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