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Nigeria: Regulate Traditional Medicines As Alternative Healthcare Delivery Services, FG Told – AllAfrica.com

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urged the federal government to officially recognise traditional medicine practice as alternative healthcare delivery services in the country.

This was contained in the communique presented by the PSN at the end of its 94th annual national conference held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urged the federal government to officially recognise traditional medicine practice as alternative healthcare delivery services in the country.

This was contained in the communique presented by the PSN at the end of its 94th annual national conference held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The immediate-past president of PSN, Sam Ohuabunwa, who read the communique at the weekend before journalists, noted that traditional medicines provides opportunity for patients to access alternative healthcare services.

The theme of conference was ‘COVID-19 Lessons: Broadening and Strengthening the Nigerian Pharmaceutical and Health Sector’.

He stressed that the government should regulate and standardise the traditional medicines so that Nigerians, who could not access the orthodox services, can still afford a good healthcare services.

According to Ohuabunwa, “The Conference advised that the integration of traditional, complementary, and alternative medicines into the health care delivery system provides opportunity for patients/individuals to access alternative healthcare services and facilitate the attainment of universal health coverage.

“The government ought to recognise traditional or alternative medicine officially that we can have both systems working in this country. So if you come to the hospital and you want to follow the orthodox one, you have doctors who will attend to you and if you choose the alternative, you will also be attended to.

“But then it can be regulated. But right now, is not regulated and anybody can put anything inside the bottle and call it a name and begin to use it to cure different diseases.

“So, what we are saying is to regulate the traditional medicine, standardise the branding so that Nigerians can follow their choice according to their ability to pay.

“In fact in Ghana, they have started awarding degrees to traditional or alternative medicine practitioners, and in that way, you will improve cost, access, or other health challenge that orthodox medicine cannot handle.

“The Conference agreed that traditional medicines must be leveraged upon to facilitate medicines security, supply-chain production, increase revenue generation through research aimed at product development.”

Also, the Conference further noted that the modern pharmacist as an apothecary should have the knowledge of traditional, complementary, and alternative medicines in order to diversify their services.

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