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Feb 20 2013 12:17AM
 
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Rudolph Nkgadima

The Traditional Health Organisation (THO) is rejecting the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council (ITHPC), which seeks to assist the health department to integrate traditional health medicine into the national health system.

Speaking to Morning Live on (Monday) Deputy Health Minister Dr Gwen Ramokgopa said “in terms of the Traditional Health Practitioners Act (2007) aims to address public concerns over unscrupulous and bogus traditional medicine practitioners and practices.”

The Traditional Health Practitioners Bill, an interim National Traditional Healers’ Council which has been established to oversee the registration and regulation of all types of traditional healers (including inyangas, sangomas, traditional birtth attendants and traditional surgeons), and will set practice standards.

The council is also expected to come up with a list of medicines that are used, how they work, what are their effects and also what are their side effects because of responsibility and duty constitutionally especially and through the National Health Act is to protect the safety of patients.

“There is still a lot of intolerance from government leaders but we are happy that at least government has succumbed to our pressure.

“Council has to be pro-active and suffer the same fate as other councils which have been formed in other African countries,” Maseko said.

The council has a mandate of three years to put systems in place, register those that are legitimate and to develop norms and standards to protect the public.

rudolphn@thenewage.co.za

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