KUALA LUMPUR: With the spike in dengue and Chikungunya cases, some people are advertising on social media products to “cure” the diseases.
But the Health Ministry warned that the Drug Control Authority (DCA) had never approved any herbal products that claim to cure and prevent dengue, Zika or Chikungunya.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the ministry had received complaints about herbal products advertised on social media that claimed could cure and prevent dengue fever.
“All advertisements for products registered with the DCA need approval from the Medicines Advertisements Board of the Health Ministry before they are advertised publicly.
“Legal action can be taken on a published medicine advertisement if it is published without the approval of the board as per Medicines (Advertisements and Sales) Act 1956,” he said in a statement yesterday.
If found guilty, individuals or companies involved can be fined up to RM3,000 or jailed for a year or both, said Dr Noor Hisham.
He advised the people not to believe dubious claims made by any product.
Any doubts about any medical product should be directed to the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency at https://www.npra.gov.my/index.php/public-enquiry-complaints/contact-us or call 03-7883 5400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, he said.
The ministry urged people to continue to carry out dengue, Zika and Chikungunya preventive activities by controlling the spread of Aedes mosquitoes, such as ensuring containers are cleared of water or removed while containers containing water should be added with larvicide.
Those experiencing dengue-like symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pains, rashes, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache or fatigue should seek medical attention, he said.