MMC to act against doctors caught supporting anti-vaxxers

The health ministry is monitoring the development of the anti-vaccine group, says minister Dzulkefly Ahmad. (AFP pic)

KLANG: The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) will take action against doctors caught supporting the anti-vaccine group, Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said.

He said the matter is under the purview of the MMC but the health ministry is monitoring the development of the group.

Dzulkefly said the ministry will continue with its approach of holding dialogue with the group to raise awareness on the importance of vaccination for infants and children.

“If they have their opinion (about not vaccinating their children), we also have our arguments.

“They can’t simply express their opinions (and not listen to others). They have to talk to us and we are ready to share the stage with them to talk about this issue,” he told reporters after visiting Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital here today.

Asked for the number of doctors detected by the ministry supporting the anti-vaccine movement, Dzulkefly said the ministry did not keep count.

However, he urged the people to report to the MMC if any doctors were found to be supporting the group so that action can be taken against them if necessary.

On the ministry’s proposal for mandatory vaccination for infants and children, he said it was at the final stage before presentation to the Cabinet.

“I was informed by the health director-general (Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah) that the committee has submitted the proposal to him and he would present it to me before I can bring it to the Cabinet.

“This can’t be done in a hurry. There are many aspects we need to look into but what’s important is we want our children to be safe,” he said.