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Traditional medicine:  man eats clay soil at a market in Lusaka, capital of Zambia | Coastweek

LUSAKA (Xinhua) -- A man eats clay soil at a market in Lusaka, capital of Zambia. Earth eating, which is common among pregnant women, has now spread to ordinary people as well. According to doctors, soil contain unhealthy materials such as toxins which are harmful to a human body. XINHUA PHOTOS - PENG LIJUN

Zambia approves new legislation regulating traditional medicines

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The Zambian cabinet has approved the introduction of a bill aimed at regulating traditional and alternative medicines, a statement received by Xinhua on Tuesday said.

The Zambian cabinet, which met on Monday, approved in principle for the introduction of the bill for the promotion, control and regulation of the practice of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines.

Minister of Youth and Sports Vincent Mwale said in the statement it was necessary to introduce a bill to protect Zambian citizens from dangerous practices offered by some traditional healers and also the traditional, complementary and alternative medicines health practitioners from litigation.

"The Zambian society also needs to be protected from fake and fraudulent traditional health practitioners and ensure that the traditional practitioners themselves are regulated and equally protected by law," he said.

In June this year, Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde said his ministry was in the process of introducing a law to guide the operations of traditional medicines because most of the traditional healers’ prescribed medication was not quarantined.

The government will only introduce traditional medicines in public institutions once it is satisfied with its efficacy, he added.

The Traditional Healers and Practitioners Association of Zambia (THPAZ), an organization representing traditional medicine, has since welcomed government’s decision to introduce a law to regulate the practice.

Rodwell Vongo, the association’s president told Xinhua that the move will bring sanity in the operations of traditional healers and result in adherence to ethics and good practice.

             

 

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