FG CHARGES NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES TO INTRODUCE STUDY OF HERBAL MEDICINE
The Federal Government has called on Nigerian Universities to introduce the study of Bachelor of Science Degree Programme in Herbal Medicine as well as incorporate modules on Herbal Medicine into the curricula of Health Science Students.
The Honourable Minister of State Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora made the disclosure at an event to mark the occasion of the 2019 African Traditional Medicine Day Celebration in Abuja.
He disclosed that the ultimate goal of government intervention in this multidisciplinary sector is to derive maximum health, economic and social development benefits from traditional medicine as currently being enjoyed by some countries like China, India, Japan, United Kingdom, USA, Thailand.
“We are urging all States of the Federation and the FCT to establish Departments of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, particularly in view of the readiness of the present Administration to support researchers and manufacturers to formulate and commercialize indigenous medicinal products for the benefit of our people in particular and humanity in general”.
Mamora revealed that the Federal Ministry of Health has been involved in training of traditional medicine practitioners in Nigeria across the six geo-political zones.
“Earlier at the 2001 gathering of African Heads of States in Abuja, the year 2001 – 2010 was declared as the decade of African Traditional Medicine (ATM) to enable the African Region promote, develop and integrate traditional medicine into the main healthcare delivery system”, while stressing that, “the region is encouraged to verify claims through documentation, research, quality control and standardization of herbal medicines.”
The Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Matshidiso Moeti represented by Clement Peters said the organization has developed field-tested traditional medicine training tools with Pharmacy and Medical students in 14 member states.
“ We are committed to working with other member states to further integrate the practice of traditional medicine in National Health System.”
The Director General, National Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) Mojisola Adeyeye, said that NAFDAC has put in place the National Herbal Medicine Product Office which took off in March this year, where academia’s and herbalist were brought together to foster the translation of traditional medicine into products.