Setapak identified false dentist pit – Khairy
KLANG: The Ministry of Health (KKM) has identified Setapak as a breeding ground for the activities of fake or uncertified dentists who are seen to be increasing and are actively promoting their services through social media.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Ministry of Health takes the matter seriously and through the Dental Act 2018 which came into effect on Jan 1, a total of 10 raids have been conducted by the Ministry of Health on uncertified dental premises throughout the country so far.
“Recently, the Ministry of Health conducted a raid in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur and it was understood that Setapak is a hotbed for false dentists.
“We hope that people who have information about this unlicensed dentist can submit (information) to the Ministry of Health so that we can conduct raids. I guarantee that if we get any reports, the authorities will continue to conduct raids,” he said at a press conference. after visiting the Botanic City Dental Clinic here today.
He said illegal dental practitioners found guilty could be fined a maximum of RM300,000 or imprisoned for up to six years or both under the Dental Act 2018.
Commenting on the visit, Khairy said the Botanic City Dental Clinic is currently in the process of implementing a Proof of Concept (POC) for the Pilot Project to Produce False Teeth (Denture) using 3D technology.
The project is the first of its kind carried out by the Ministry of Health to introduce the latest technology in the manufacture of dentures to the dental staff of the Ministry of Health and to speed up the production of dentures.
“Through this pilot project, it is expected that the production of dentures in the future can be increased from an average of 90 units to 300 units per month for each dental clinic equipped with this 3D technology.
“The frequency of patient visits for denture manufacturing can also be reduced to only two visits compared to five visits using conventional methods,” he said.
Khairy said the project started last August 15 and will be implemented for three months until November 15 at two dental health facilities, namely Bandar Botanik Dental Clinic and Kuala Lumpur Dental Clinic.
source – BERNAMA