(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
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.