Minister calls on medical officers to teach people to avoid misleading information about medication that is disseminated in media

Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Bernard Haufiku has called on medical officers to teach people to avoid misleading information about medication that is disseminated in the media.

The minister said this in reference to advertisements in especially the print media, advertising drugs that apparently cure all ailments.

Haufiku made the call in a statement presented on his behalf by Dr Naftali Hamata during the second International Symposium on HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) in Namibia held at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Friday and Saturday.

He said some of the advertisements go to the extent of telling patients to stop using medication issued by hospitals and use only drugs that are not prescribed by a medical doctor.

Haufiku demanded that the people behind the misleading information provide documented evidence to prove their claims.

Those who claim to have cures must have them registered with the Namibian Medicines Regulatory Council, he said, adding that laws will be enacted to control those who make themselves guilty of such behaviour.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services and Unam School of Medicine hosted the symposium along with their partners. The symposium was aimed at educating participants and sharing best practices on the control of TB/HIV.