Medications still advertised
The Ministry of Health at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has prohibited advertisements for pharmacies, Medical centers, and Private hospitals. Despite this, media outlets and channels have not stopped their advertisements. The governmental officials have admitted that Media outlets have not respected the decision
Dr. Khalis Qader, Health Ministry's official spokes- man, said the ministry has already formed a committee to observe and monitor the channels that advertise for Health Centers and pharmacies. "The committee has recorded the names of ten channels that haven't adhered to the ministry's instructions. The channels' runners will be sent to court and legal procedures will be taken against them," explained Qader.
Qader, Public centers are only permitted to make announcements with permission from the Health Ministry, and instructions that explain the announcement. However, advertisements, and promotions are strictly prohibited legally.
The media channels in Kurdistan are given working licenses by Media Directorate at the Ministry of Culture and Youth. The directorate has authority to withdraw the license of any channel that does not abide by governmental rules. "If we are informed by the Health Ministry that a channel has breached health security in the region, we will take action and punish the channel." Said Harem Halgur, manager of Media directorate at the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
This picture shows a view of Zheen International Hospital in Erbil.