The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has declared government’s resolve to regulate traditional medicine practice in the State.
Owelle Okorocha stated this when members of the National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) paid him a courtesy visit as well as presented the newly elected Executives of the Association at the Government House, Owerri.
The Governor, who expressed worry over the negative effect of unguided radio and television advertisement of Traditional Medicine on the health of people of the State, stressed that only practitioners who have clearance from the Ministry of Health and NAFDAC would be permitted to put up radio/television adverts. He therefore directed that a Committee be set up headed by the Commissioner for Health to checkmate traditional medicine practice as well as to organize a trade fair that will showcase all those who have produced life-saving medicine and pledged government’s resolve to partner with them on health care delivery.
Owelle Okorocha further urged traditional medicine practitioners to live by the truth and refrain from any form of deceit but collaborate with government with the view to safeguarding the lives of Imo citizens.
In his address earlier, the State Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP), Chief Dr. Evarestus Ekwedasike said they were on the visit to express support to the Rescue Mission Government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
He commended the governor for recognizing alternative medical practices and pledged to adopt an enduring partnership that will enable the association collaborate with the authorities of NAFDAC in the production of scientifically synthesized herbal medicine that will stand the test of time and have a far reaching advantage on people’s health.
Chief Ekwedasike further called for the establishment of a Traditional Medicine Board in the State to help eradicate quacks in the traditional medical practice.
The Commissioner for Health Dr Edward Ihejirika pledged readiness of the Health Ministry to take full responsibility of regulating the activities of the practitioners and vowed the eradicate quacks in the traditional medicine practice in the state.