The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has today expressed his gratitude to African traditional medicine for its efficiency in improving his health and helping him to perform well.
Ooni who spoke in Lagos, during the launch of Pan African Foundation for Indigenous Medical Research and Development, PAFIMED, and commemoration of African Tradtional Medicine day, noted that the time has come for African leaders and stakeholders to come together in order to promote their God-given herbs and roots.
Ogunwusi added that herbs and roots are efficient for treatment of various ailments.
“Before I became the Ooni of Ife, I used to have a lot of headache because I work a lot. But when I became king, the responsibilities were like 10 times more. What I did then was to change to herbal products that I inherited on the throne as king.
The Ooni added that he does not use any other thing asides traditional products including his bathing sponge.
He said he makes his own bathing soap right in my palace, adding that “We have a section that leads to what we call ‘elewe omo’.
The Oomi further stated that since he went traditional, he has ever been to a hospital over any ailment in five years.
“If I go for a medical check-up, which is like once in two months, the result turns out fine. So I am a living testimony of the efficacy of local herbal products.”
Ogunwusi used ths opportunity to draw attention to the current global pandemic of COVID-19, saying it is an opportunity for African traditional medicine researchers to showcase to the world what they are capable of.
“We have always been a pacesetter. History has it that cure for chickenpox and smallpox emanated from Africa. We have done it before and we can do it again.”
He said that PAFIMED will offer African traditional medicine researchers opportunity to contribute to the development of humanity.
“The Foundation will coordinate the entire activities of the various herbal solution and this will be done in partnership with reputable medical institutions in the country with support from federal and state government.”
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