Rwanda has threatened sanctions on media houses that offer advertising services to traditional healers or “any other prohibited health or medical related programmes”.
Health officials says the directive will help curb an influx of publicity of untested medical products, which may be harmful to the consumers.
“Most of the traditional healers offer unrealistic medical advice and products; some say they can even cure cancer and hundreds of other diseases yet their products have never been tested in any laboratory. We have an obligation to protect the public against such misleading information,” Malick Kayumba, the spokesman of the Rwanda Biomedical Centre, told The EastAfrican.
Last month, the Ministry of Health banned advertising of all medical businesses and products.
“In the medical domain, advertisement of drugs or medical facilities is not encouraged. A registered medical practitioner is supposed to have a known place of work. Those who take to advertising are those who are in most cases unregistered and not qualified to provide medical services,” Mr Kayumba added.
He said the government would support herbalists to test their products in laboratories and issue registration certificates to those who meet the requirements to set up herbal clinics.
The East African