Message from President September / October 2020

23/10/2020

Message From President MDA 2019/21

September / October 2020

22nd October 2020

Dear beloved members and colleagues,

Greetings from the Malaysian Dental Association. Just when we thought that the nation will be heading towards the end of the Recovery – Movement Control Order, currently being extended to 31st December 2020, we are now hit with a third wave of outbreak of COVID-19. With the recent surge in the number of positive cases in a few states / areas, Conditional – Movement Control Order has already been implemented, with some areas to the extent of Targeted Enhancement – Movement Control Order. This clearly shows the need to continuously keep ourselves updated on the local and international progress of this pandemic. Indeed, we have won many battles but not the war.

Since its emergence in Wuhan, China, late last year, the new invisible enemy, SARS-CoV-2, has grown into a pandemic affecting hundreds of countries worldwide and causing disruption of dental services everywhere. At the peak of the pandemic, oral health professionals, national dental associations and regulatory bodies are facing diverse challenges to continue providing dental care and promoting the oral health to the population, while at the same time protecting patients and practitioners from the health threat posed by SARS-CoV-2. With newly updated information and guidelines from our Health Authorities from the Ministry of Health Malaysia, MDA has just issued an updated advisory as reference for the members (please kindly visit our Homepage for the document). MDA is open for opinions and comments for continuous improvement of the advisory for the common good of all dental practitioners.

We at MDA are optimistic that the sky will be bright again as we have made it before and we will win again. Yes, the new norm of adhering to SOPs will be here to stay for a long, long time and it should not be looked at as hindrance to the continuity of our care, and businesses. For this matter, MDA is in the midst of preparing for a come – back of our annual dental conferences and trade exhibitions. We will blend the new norm into our upcoming 28th MDA Scientific Convention and Trade Exhibition 2021 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, 29th – 31st January 2021. Yes…It is possible and we need your trust and support.

Apart from the above, MDA, in collaboration with Ivoclar Vivadent, is organising a series of webinars for the benefit of the profession and it is completely complimentary. More information on this is available on our Homepage.

  • (i) Preparation Technique for Metal Free Crowns And Veneers(i) Preparation Technique for Metal Free Crowns And VeneersThursday, 22 October 2020. 7:00pm 
  • (ii) Adhesive Cementation – From A to Z Wednesday, 4 November 2020. 7:00pm
  • (iii) Welcome To Digital Dentistry Wednesday, 25 November 2020. 7:00pm

In these last 2 months, the Association was kept busy with many activities and events, and I wish to share some of these information here with all of you.

1st September 2020. Courtesy visit to the office of the Principal Director of Health, Ministry of Health Malaysia, at Putrajaya. MDA and Oral Health Program had a very fruitful discussion and sharing of knowledge and experiences. In principle, both parties agreed into exploring ways of collaboration in future dental conferences in 2021, oral health promotion (including World Oral Health Day 2021), and curbing of illegal dentistry in the nation. MDA and Oral health Program also discussed on issues related to PHFSA, CKAPS and setting up of private dental clinics and in principle, agreed that a town – hall meet with all relevant stakeholders is very much needed.

19th September 2020. World Oral Health Day (WOHD) 2020 Closing ceremony and Photo Competition Prize Giving ceremony (hybrid of physical and virtual), at Wisma MDA, Petaling Jaya.

The celebration and the message of WOHD 2020 continued among the general public and also dental practitioners through the photography competition that was organised by Malaysian Dental Students Association, and the numerous webinars and workshops organised by 3M Malaysia. This is the first in the history of Malaysian Dental Association for such a long celebration of WOHD. Other activities recorded include oral health screening and treatment at Projek Perumahan Rakyat, and oral health promotion on radio, TV and FB. Such task would definitely not be possible without the help of all co-organisers. It is indeed a shared responsibility by all stakeholders to ensure the message on the importance of good oral health is disseminated to the Rakyat.

22nd September 2020. Sesi dialog bersama Pengamal Pergigian anjuran Jabatan Kesihatan Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur. This dialogue session was held at the office of Jabatan Kesihatan Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur and was attended by the President of MDA. A few of our affiliate associations also attended this session. Some of the issues raised include:

  • Direct to consumer teeth whitening products that are registered under notifiable cosmetic products.
  • Direct to consumer teeth whitening products that are registered under notifiable cosmetic products.
  • Drug purchasing by chain dental clinics. 
  • Disposal of expired drugs.
  • Managing prescriptions 
  • The need for Lembaga Iklan Ubat to comply with advertising guideline by Malaysian Dental Council. 

23rd September 2020. Malaysian Dental Council meeting at Putrajaya. This meeting, chaired by the Director General of Health, was attended by the President of MDA.

2nd October 2020. Mesyuarat konsultasi bersama hospital / klinik swasta dan syarikat famakologi berkaitan pembangunan National Strategic Plan for Cancer Control Programme (NSPCCP) at Putrajaya. This meeting was attended by Dr Sharon Tay. This meeting explored to role of private sector and for private dental practitioners to be part of the screening and referral system. Though oral cancer remains to be of smaller percentage out of the all the other types of cancer, it should not be taken lightly as in can cause significant morbidity and even mortality.

15th October 2020. Meeting with Bahagian Amalan Perubatan – MDA – UCSI University for Aesthetic Dental Guidelines. This virtual meeting was attended by Dr Chow Kai Foo together with:

  1. Dr Shahila Amran Bahagian Amalan Perubatan, Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH)
  2. Dr Sofia Mat Ripen Malaysian Dental Council (MDC)
  3. Dr Syed Iqbal Chairman of the MDC committee on Orofacial Aesthetics in Dentistry
  4. Professor Edmond Ng Associate Prof Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences UCSI University
  5. Dr Najmi (MOH)

The main purpose of this meeting was to see how a university like UCSI can enable dentists to be credentialed for orofacial aesthetics. Historically, Dr Chow was the MDA representative who was present in the 2015 meeting with Bahagian Amalan Perubatan MOH where the Oral Health Program was also represented. He was invited to present a proposal to MOH which he duly did together with Dr Ng Ben Chuan with a cc to the Oral Health Program in 2015. MDA requested that both Malaysian Dental Association and Malaysian Orofacial Therapeutic Aesthetic Association (MOTAA) be represented in the committee formed by MDC before any official document is launched.

Before I sign off, I wish to put on record here, my heartiest gratitude to all our members for demonstrating our capability to provide care to our patients responsibly and safely during this many months of struggle. I trust, with your dedication and commitment, we will continue to make this profession proud and be at par with others. God bless all of you. 

Yours in MDA,
Kei Joe LEONG