Govt closes down city North Korean clinics

17Apr 2016
Our Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
Govt closes down city North Korean clinics

The government has ordered the closure of two traditional herbal clinics in the city belonging to North Korean nationals for breaching national laws and basic health regulations.

Dr. Hamis Kigwangalla (r), the deputy minister of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children inspecting the documents at North Korean Oriental traditional medicine clinic

Dr. Hamis Kigwangalla, the deputy minister of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, announced during an impromptu visit to the clinics on Friday, one located at Mahiwa Street and the Oriental Traditional Medicine at Magomeni Mikumi both operated by Maibong Company, a North Korean firm.

The deputy minister said the two clinics were operating without legal documents including lacking a business license. While being interrogated by the minister, a healer at the clinic whose name could not easily be availed told the minister that their business is jointly operated with the ruling party (CCM) in Dar es Salaam region.

However, the minister told him that he has already made a call to the CCM leaders who denied the claim. “Even if you are operating with the CCM leaders in the region, so long as you are breaching the national laws and our regulation, we will close down your business without further notice,” the deputy minister declared.

It was discovered that apart from the lack of a business licence, most workers too were operating without work permits. Dr Kingwangala asked them to apply for the permits or face legal action.

The deputy minister who was accompanied by the chairman of the Alternative Health Practices Council of Tanzania (AHPCT) Dr. Edmund Kayombo found Korean healers treating patients at the hospital.

Surprisingly the healers refused to speak out upon being interrogated saying they were not sufficiently fluent in Kiswahili or English languages.

The deputy minister told journalists that the healers were also using fake medicine to treat patients, threatening the health of the public.

Since last year, different media outlets have been reporting on the clinics with others based at Temeke, Mtwara and other places in the country be involved with fake medicines.

Other allegations which were denied by owners were on some North Korean staff not qualified to provide health services, using fake health facilities and not putting the names of drugs and their chemical descriptions.