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Allow opticians to operate during MCO, says chamber

KUALA LUMPUR (April 15): The Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) wants the government to give optical shops the option to continue operations during the third phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

MCCC said the Malaysian Optical Council under the Ministry of Health had earlier approved the operating of optical shops during the first and second MCO periods (March 18 to April 14) since the optometry service is categorised under essential health services.

There were also optical shops operating during the first and second periods throughout Malaysia, it added.

“During the practicing and operating of eye care services from March 18 until April 14, optometrists and opticians have been helping customers to repair spectacles, and provide contact lenses, contact lens solutions and so on,” MCCC said in a statement today.

There was no coronavirus case reported due to the provision of eyeglasses and contact lenses during the four-week period, it added.

MCCC said the services is especially necessary for doctors, nurses, polices, firefighters, Grab riders, bankers, taxi drivers, bus drivers, pilots and many others who are needed to perform their duties during the MCO periods.

“MCCC therefore appeals to the government to allow the optometry shops to have the option to continue providing their services. In addition, we will expect the optical shops to provide a health declaration form to keep track of their customers’ health records and facilitate contact tracing, if necessary,” it said.

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