Punjab government bans advertisements by doctors

Chandigarh: The Punjab government Sunday
announced a ban on advertisements by doctors – from allopathic,
ayurvedic and homoepathic streams – offering treatment of various
diseases, including sexual ailments.

“Registered medical
practitioners (RMPs) of homoeopathy, ayurveda and allopathy issuing
advertisements and promising assured treatment of various ailments,
including sexual ailments, are in for trouble, as the Punjab government
has decided to tighten the noose on them,” a spokesman quoting Medical
Education and Research Minister Arunesh Shakir said Sunday.

Shakir
issued directions to initiate action against all those doctors who were
advertising through various media, including print, broadcast and
outdoor media, for treatment of various ailments.

He also issued
directions to start a campaign to stop advertisements by RMPs as these
were in violation of the guidelines of the Medical Council of India.

The
minister said that it was unfortunate that some medical practitioners
dealing in homoeopathy, ayurveda and allopathy were giving
advertisements and putting up hoardings offering total rejuvenation in
cases of sexual problems and assuring the birth of male child.

Punjab has one of the worst sex ratio among all states in the country at 893 females per 1,000 males.

“It
is unethical as well as illegal for a doctor to advertise and any
doctor issuing advertisements would be issued show cause notice by the
affiliating body and proceedings would be launched for the cancellation
of his licence,” said the minister.

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