Illegal Medicines Worth More Than RM200K Seized In Labuan – Dr Ismuni

Chairman of Labuan Corporation Advisory Council Datuk Bashir Alias presenting certificate of appreciation to Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) journalist in Labuan, Jailani Hasan (right) at the Dialogue and Media Appreciation Night Thursday night.
Chairman of Labuan Corporation Advisory Council Datuk Bashir Alias presenting certificate of appreciation to Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) journalist in Labuan, Jailani Hasan (right) at the Dialogue and Media Appreciation Night Thursday night.

LABUAN – The Labuan Health Department has seized unapproved drugs with scheduled poisons, worth about RM207, 602.00 so far this year, compared to RM152, 416.00 throughout last year.

Disclosing this, its director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the seizure was made on health premises (pharmacies) and at the entry points.

He said during the raids as of October, the department has found a total of 112 premises (selling medicine) were operating without licenses.

“We have checked at least 169 premises the first 10 month of this year including 14 private clinics and those operating at the market. Our operation on unapproved medicines is consistent,” he said at a Dialogue and Appreciation Night Thursday night.

During the program, chairmen of Communication for Behavioral Impact (COMBI) and media fraternity of Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA) and Labuan Information Department received certificates of appreciation for highlighting the various health issues to the public.

Dr Ismuni as a result of the operations, a total of 12 cases brought to court, with RM33, 000 fines were imposed to the offenders.

Meanwhile, the department has recorded 216 cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HMD) so far this year, 106 cases of tuberculosis (all forms), hepatitis B (34), leptospirosis (32), ghonorea [individual who is sexually active can get gonorrhea[ (14), dengue fever (13), HIV infections (5), typhoid and paratyphoid fevers (3) and hepatitis A and B only one case respectively.

“The infectious disease outbreak is controllable here as a result of consistent educational campaigns and engagement programmes. We are glad to note there is no food poisoning, cholera or rabies cases recorded this year, except one malaria case last year,” he said.

Dr Ismuni also said the level awareness among the public to return the unused medication is increasing with a total of RM9, 533.00 worth of medicines were returned, with most of them being the hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, vitamin and supplements.