PREVENTION is better than cure.
The Penang government, through its PgCare Alliance, now has a new partner called the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine Malaysia (BUCM) Northern Region Students and Alumni Association, to encourage the use of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) among the people during this Covid-19 era.
State Welfare and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the practice of leveraging on traditional medication is not a new form of treatment but one that has been passed down by our earlier generations.
“The Penang government had started looking into the idea of encouraging the people to use traditional Chinese medicine since early this year.
“We are glad that BUCM has now entered the frame as our latest partner to promote the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine,” Phee said during a press conference in Komtar today.
This anti-endemic health programme mainly includes two services, namely health consultation services and preventive healthcare services.
“Health consultation services will provide a new online auxiliary medical service platform with zero contact and infection.
“The main purpose of this platform is to help citizens from different regions and states to get appropriate consultation services during low-risk situations to alleviate their uncomfortable symptoms.
“Meanwhile, preventive healthcare services provide users with a way to purchase healthcare herbal tea at nearby shops that sell such products,” Phee added.
BUCM had previously joined hands with the Penang Chinese Town Hall (PCTH) and few other organisations to encourage the use of traditional Chinese medicine.
Also present during the press conference were state Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng and BUCM Malaysia Northern Region Students and Alumni Association chairman Ellycia Tan Pin Tin.
Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix by Chan Kok Kuan