Regulating traditional medicine is timely

Editor, Travelling around Kampala, Uganda ,a few months back I couldn’t help but notice signs all over the city telling people how to “Get their husbands back, get wider hips, get THAT job they always dreamed of”…and what not.

Editor,

Travelling around Kampala, Uganda ,a few months back I couldn’t help but notice signs all over the city telling people how to “Get their husbands back, get wider hips, get THAT job they always dreamed of”…and what not.

These advertisements would be signed by a known practitioner of traditional medicine. Now, I have no problem if people want to be fooled into all sorts of nonsense, especially when these people should know better; however, the State must be able to protect those citizens who believe that their diseases will be cured through traditional medicine.

Those that actually call themselves ‘doctors’ must be regulated within a certain framework, so that, in case of malpractice, they can be sued by the victims.

When these traditional healers fall into this framework they shall take their work more seriously, and the public will take them more seriously. It’s a win-win situation for all.

Donat Nkubana
Gisozi
  

 

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