Med­i­ca­tions still ad­ver­tised

The Kurdish Globe - - COMMENTS & ANALYSIS -

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.

Ac­cord­ing to

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.

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