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Experts call for Integration of Traditional Medicine into the Nigerian Heathcare System

The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. (Mrs.) Aisha Buhari has called for the gradual integration of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) into the Nigerian healthcare system. Dr. Aisha Buhari   made this call during the just concluded TCAM Conference Abuja 2022.

 

She made the call on Saturday, 4th June at the Nigerian TCAM Conference 2022 which was held at the Abuja International Conference Centre, Abuja. The theme of the two-day conference was ‘Indigenous Medicinal Plants, Health Benefits and Economic Potentials’. The conference was organised by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady with the aim of accelerating mechanisms towards integrating the traditional medicines to complement conventional medicines in Nigeria.

The First Lady emphasised the need for a legal backing for practitioners in their quest to provide alternative medicine in the country. “We want prompt passage of the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Council Bill before the National Assembly to regulate the products and practice as required by law,” she appealed.

 

The First Lady noted that out of the over 10,000 species of medicinal plants in Nigeria, only 20 per cent is being utilized. “ These valuable ‘bioresources’ often referred to as `Green Gold` can be harnessed for the production of medicines, cosmetics and other related products for the benefit of our people,” she said. She therefore urged relevant authorities to support the cause.

The First Lady expressed optimism that the gradual integration of TCAM into the healthcare delivery system will ensure progress of Nigeria’s health sector towards achieving universal health coverage.

She also promised to acquire a piece of land for women for the development and production of medicinal plants to ensure promotion of health, social and economic benefits, especially in the areas of job creation.

Mrs. Buhari informed the gathering that the conference was in line with the Federal Government’s agenda of boosting revenue generation from the non-oil sector.

In his welcome address, the Minister of State for Health, Sen. Adeleke Mamora, said the conference was aimed at promoting and utilising the production of traditional medicinal plants to boost health and economic wellbeing of Nigerians.

Mamora also said the ministry is making efforts to acquire land for the cultivation of medicinal plants to boost the production of traditional herbs in commercial quantity to increase revenue generation.

Also speaking, the Chairperson, Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum, Mrs.  Bisi   Fayemi, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues, expressed commitment to support TCAM in their various states.

The President, Bioresources Development Group (BDG), Prof. Maurice Iwu, was also at the conference.

In his presentation, he thanked the First Lady and the Minister of Health for organizing the event, noting that the conference is very important for the promotion of traditional medicine in Nigeria. He emphasized the need for the government agency tasked with the regulation of traditional complementary and alternative medicine to be (TCAM) to have the requisite knowledge of TCAM. He called for the establishment of a parallel regulator for TCAM aside NAFDAC, as obtains in other climes such as India and China.

Iwu, a professor of pharmacognosy is the President, Bioresources Development Group (BDG). BDG is made up the several units, including the International Centre for Ethnomedicine and Drug Development (InterCEDD), Nsukka, Enugu State and Bioresources Institute of Nigeria, Umunna, Okigwe, Imo State.

InterCEDD Health Products (IHP) is the arm of BDG that focuses on the development, manufacturing of high-quality natural medicinal therapeutic teas, natural medicines and dietary supplements. IHP Detox Tea, Garcinia IHP, IHP Physogen Tea and IHP Virgin Coconut Oil are some the products in the IHP portfolio, just to mention a few.

InterCEDD Health Products are available for purchase online at www.intercedd.com.ng as well as Nature’s Emporium stores, select   supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.

 

The President, Bioresources Development Group (BDG), Prof. Maurice Iwu, was also at the conference.

In his presentation, he thanked the First Lady and the Minister of Health for organizing the event, noting that the conference is very important for the promotion of traditional medicine in Nigeria. He emphasized the need for the government agency tasked with the regulation of traditional complementary and alternative medicine to be (TCAM) to have the requisite knowledge of TCAM. He called for the establishment of a parallel regulator for TCAM aside NAFDAC, as obtains in other climes such as India and China.

Iwu, a professor of pharmacognosy is the President, Bioresources Development Group (BDG). BDG is made up the several units, including the International Centre for Ethnomedicine and Drug Development (InterCEDD), Nsukka, Enugu State and Bioresources Institute of Nigeria, Umunna, Okigwe, Imo State.

 

InterCEDD Health Products (IHP) is the arm of BDG that focuses on the development, manufacturing of high-quality natural medicinal therapeutic teas, natural medicines and dietary supplements. IHP Detox Tea, Garcinia IHP, IHP Physogen Tea and IHP Virgin Coconut Oil are some the products in the IHP portfolio, just to mention a few.

InterCEDD Health Products are available for purchase online at www.intercedd.com.ng as well as Nature’s Emporium stores, select   supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.

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