Chandigarh, Oct 30 (IANS) 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 pract
itioners (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.