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Advertisement of traditional medicines banned

Mar 17, 2020, 3:30 PM

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare says it has enforced ban of advertisement of tradition medicines as stated by Section (21) of the Medicines Act 2014 of the Ministry of Health.

“This practice violates section (21) of the Medicines Act 2014 of the Ministry of Health which prohibits advertisement of any form of medicines and medicinal products in The Gambia,” the ministry states in a press release.

“The consumer protection act 2014, section 12 (regulation 1) which states “advertisement shall conform to the rules of decency, sincerity and shall not exploit superstition, ignorance or fear.”

‘In consonance with these clauses, the Ministry of Health through the Traditional Medicine program unit in collaboration with consumer protection consortium and medicines control Agency are warning all media house and traditional healers to desist from this malicious act of conducting Radio and Television advertisements  or facilitating publicity of traditional medicinal products forthwith.

Failure to abide by this order will result to severe penalties for both accomplices i.e. the traditional healers and the media houses.”

“In the same vein, we therefore are urging all affected parties to join the Ministry of Health in sanitising traditional medicine practice in The Gambia.”