DOPING BILL IS BITTER PILL: If passed into law, medical practitioners, drug stockists and others will be affected
Players in the medical industry have expressed fears that the Anti-Doping Bill 2016 would have unintended effects if passed into law.
The Bill, which seeks to curb the use of prohibited substances among sports’ personalities, has set out stiffer penalties for those encouraging unlawful use of prohibited substances.
The proposals contained in the Bill reads in part: “A medical practitioner, pharmacist, veterinary surgeon, dentist, nurse, physiotherapist or any other health related professional who prescribes and or dispenses prohibited substances or methods to an athlete with the intent of doping.
“Acquires, stocks or is found in unlawful possession of prohibited substances; aids, abets or in any way encourages the unlawful use of prohibited substances in sport commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not below three million shillings or to imprisonment for a term of not less than three years or to both, and shall have his professional licence revoked for a period of not less than one year.”
“Any person or body who unlawfully transports or transfers prohibited substances, within and without Kenya; stocks supplies of products containing prohibited substances in an unlawful manner commits an offence and shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine not below three million shillings or to imprisonment of not less than three years or to both. In case of corporate bodies, their trading licences shall be withdrawn for a period of not less than one year in addition to a fine,” it states.
Dr Victor Bargoria, based at Eldoret’s Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital who also serves as the national athletics team doctor, said it needs concerted efforts of all the stakeholders to net dopers and their accomplices.
“It needs a lot of effort because of the drugs on World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) prohibited list are used in the treatment of patients.
“I hope there will be a structure on the stocking, dispensing and control of these drugs, which are often sold over the counter,” said he said.
Dr Bargoria said the Bill may not scare those in the business of chemist shops, clinics and pharmacies.
But a chemist proprietor in Eldoret, who declined to be named for fear of victimisation in the industry, said the Bill would scare those running clinics, chemists and pharmacies “who have developed a tendency of aiding doping”.
“Let’s be sincere. Those who work unethically will suffer a lot when the Bill is passed into law,” he said.
The law would energise the raids by anti-dope lobbyists in chemists, clinics and pharmacies.
Last year, Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) joined forces with the police, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB), Ministry of Sports, Pharmacy and Poisons Board and regional anti-doping organisation raided a chemist in Nairobi’s central business district and Kapsabet town to flush out conmen and unprofessional doctors from the trade.
Drama unfolded in a medical clinic and laboratory in Kapsabet town after they were found to operate without the right documentation.
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