Traditional Healers Bill to come soon

15 Jul 2013 11:50
WINDHOEK, 15 JUL (NAMPA) - A Bill aimed at regulating traditional healers is set to come into force soon, the Ministry of Health and Social Services said here on Monday.
The Bill, which was presented to Cabinet in April this year, will regulate traditional healers by setting up relevant bodies such as the Traditional Health Council, as well as the election and appointment of members to the council.
Currently, there are no set requirements for when someone wants to start operating as a traditional health practitioner, but as soon as the Act comes into effect, practicing categories will be set.
A media statement availed to Nampa by Ministry of Health and Social Services Public Relations Officer, Esther Paulus on Monday said the Bill will also regulate the registration of traditional health practitioners, the practice of traditional healing, as well as prohibit the practicing of it without healers being registered.
?The different categories of traditional healing and different provisions for Namibian citizens and persons who are not Namibian citizens will also be provided for in the Bill,? she explained.
Paulus noted that the Bill will also see the establishment ofthe interim traditional health practitioners? council of Namibia.
Although the Bill was in principle approved by Cabinet, minor changes were recommended.
?The ministry has finalised its work on the recommended amendments and is in the process of tabling this Bill to Parliament. Currently traditional doctors are not controlled by any institution, although members of the public do approach the ministry to report cases of services not rendered,? she indicated.