Letter from Africa: Doctors Take on Traditional Healers in Kenya

March 24, 2016

(BBC) – It might be unfair to say the men and women in white coats were getting a little jealous of their herbalist counterparts, who have faced no restrictions, even as they claim to treat anything. The move by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board – which regulates the practice of medicine and dentistry – to allow advertising by doctors, is partly seen as a fight back. Medical practitioners will be able to counter the popularity of herbalists, who were able to to aggressively market their products and services, while doctors, bound by their code of ethics, kept a respectful distance.

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