WHEN looking for new supplements or medical products, the endorsement of an official body like the Health Ministry often goes a very long way in assuring potential consumers that the product is safe to use.
Recently, an advertisement for a "prostate cream" went viral on social media; the product claims to prevent or reduce prostate cancer and increase libido and the poster of the advertisement claims to be the "Health Ministry" and uses the logo of the World Health Organisation as a profile photo.
Did the Health Ministry actually endorse the "prostate cream" being advertised?
The Health Ministry said it views seriously the usage of the ministry's name as 'clickbait' in promotion activities for an unregistered online procurement store whose sole purpose is to reap profits.
It added that this should be stopped as it can confuse consumers into believing that the Health Ministry endorsed the product.
"As such, the people are advised not to be deceived with such advertisements which are suspect and do not share any details to prevent more victims falling into such scams," added the ministry.