This follows the local authority’s realisation that some traditional healers or herbalists and those dealing in imported herbal medicine were illegally conducting businesses around the city.
Council Public Relations manager George Sichimba said like any other business, traditional healers or herbalists are required by law to register with the Council and obtain business permits before embarking on their businesses.
According to Sichimba, the procedure is that after registering with the the Traditional Health Practitioners Association of Zambia (THPAZ), traditional healers should obtain business permits from the council.
He said Local authorities are mandated by law to register and regulate all businesses in their respective districts.
“However, many traditional healers and those dealing in imported herbal medicine have not formalised their businesses in Lusaka. This scenario makes it difficult for the local authority to monitor the business activities of traditional healers,” Sichimba said.
He has explained that the registration exercise was meant to protect members of the public from being duped by some unscrupulous traditional healers whose whereabouts and personal details were not easily established.
Recently, LCC held a fruitful consultative meeting with the Traditional Health Practitioners Association of Zambia (THPAZ) executive led by its president Dr Rodwell Vongo.
The meeting was hosted and chaired by LCC director of legal services Bibiyana Bulaya.
Sichimba has disclosed that the local authority will in due course have another meeting with all traditional healers to sensitise them on the registration exercise and the provisions of the law.
He adds that foreign traditional healers and herbalists will also be required to register with THPAZ and LCC before practicing in the city.