Medical Law

Disputed Clauses removed from Traditional Medicine Law

Date: 18 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Clauses deemed controversial by advocates have been removed from the Myanmar Traditional Medicine Council Law after a presidential intervention.

U Win Ko, a member of the traditional medicine council, said that a meeting last Tuesday discussed the removal of sections 15(f) and 31(c) of the law, which the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral legislature) approved in December.

The clauses sparked criticism and protests by practitioners and students at the traditional medicine university.

According to Section 15(f), those who practice traditional medicine can be officially recognised if they meet the qualifications set by the traditional medicine council.

Section 31(c) says that whoever qualifies would become a licensed practitioner of traditional medicine.

U Win Ko said President U Win Myint allowed the removal of the provisions.

Opponents of the clauses complained that they undermined institutions like the University of Traditional Medicine founded in 2011 in Mandalay, where students have to complete four years of study and one year of practice.

U Myint Oo, a member of the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) Health and Sport Development Committee, which submitted the draft law, defended the provisions. He said people who have built careers in the field for generations with no formal education should be recognised.

U Han Win, a graduate of the university, said the sections undermine the institutions.

“The sections have been removed that would allow those without formal training in traditional medicine to be practitioners. We thank the president for this,” he said.

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