“The person was offering botox and filler services at the ladies’ salon, which was not licensed as a clinic, without a permit,” she told the GDN.
“The NHRA received information about the unlawful practice of medicine, and in co-ordination with the Investigations and Forensic Evidence directorate an inspection was conducted in the salon in Adliya.
“It was found that the expatriate was offering botox and fillers at the salon.
“The act was caught red-handed and the salon was closed. The case has been referred to the Public Prosecution with all evidence.”
Under the law, anyone conducting unlawful medical practices faces imprisonment and fines along with cancellation of the licence.
“I strictly warn people against seeking illegal health services without ensuring it is licensed or the medicines are licensed,” said Dr Al Jalahma.
“They may be using counterfeit medication or devices, which is risky.
“Also, according to the law, it is illegal to give medical advice, examine a patient, treat him, carry out an operation or delivery procedure, prescribe drugs, or give anaesthesia to a patient without a licence.
“This could lead to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding BD2,000 or one of these two penalties, along with the closure of the clinic where the violator is engaged.”
The official added that the case involved other violations such as running a pharmacy, practising the profession of pharmacy, providing health services, and practising dentistry – all without a licence.
The GDN reported a similar case in February this year where two people were arrested for providing similar illegal medical services.
A 43-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were taken into custody following a raid co-ordinated by the police and the NHRA for performing cosmetic procedures and providing unlicensed medical services from a home.
According to sources, the main suspect, a Bahraini, was providing filler services and botox procedures at his residence in Adliya.
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