UAE unregistered doctors accused of witchcraft by Ministry of Health

Published:  9 May at 6 PM
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In its warning to all residents in the UAE, the Ministry of Health is referring to unregistered medical practitioners as fake doctors and accusing them of witchcraft.

It seems that a number of unregistered doctors in the UAE are claiming to be able to treat difficult cases not responding to conventional treatment. Amin al Amin, an undersecretary at the Ministry for Public Health and Licensing, believes the claims are close to witchcraft and the practice of magic.

He told reporters that the recent discovery of a ‘fake’ chiropractor in the Northern Emirates has resulted in the man being turned over to the authorities for prosecution. Several Asian alternative practitioners have been claiming treatment for difficult diseases, with one using social media to advertise and another working from a hotel room.

Al Amin added that, although the practice is not widespread at present, the UAE’s multi-cultural population and the high cost of conventional medical treatment is likely to encourage its growth. He believes that non-conventional practitioners are profit-motivated and deceiving their patients with ineffective remedies.

The undersecretary stated that malpractices include a lack of hygiene and conventional safety procedures and the use of non-proven, unregistered techniques. He added that many substances used as remedies have unknown origins, and are therefore not permitted in the emirates.
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