Traditional Healers Protest Importation Of Herbal Drugs In Nigeria
Alternative Medicine Practitioners in Ogun State have expressed readiness to take the production of herbal drugs in Nigeria to the next level.
This is as the group condemned in totality the importation of local herbs from other countries into Nigeria.
According to them, the herbal drugs could be produced and packaged in modern ways in Nigeria to encourage more patronage.
The practitioners charged Governor Dapo Abiodun-led government to facilitate the procurement of modern equipment that would further promote their practice with dignity.
It stressed its call on the government to support and promote locally-made produced herbal drugs, noting that doing so would eventually turn the state into the largest producer of certified and quality herbal products in Nigeria.
Speaking on the matter, a member of the Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board, Dr Ajisope Aroyewun, said the time has come for all practitioners to embrace modern ways of processing their herbal products.
Aroyewun stressed that “75 per cent of materials being used for all the imported herbal products are readily available in this country,” regretting that “Africans and Nigerians, in particular, are still lagging behind due to lack of support and the inability to access the needed machines to process the products.”
Also, Chief Samson Soyoye commending Gov Abiodun for the Alternate Medicine Board, charged him to support that aspect of medicine with adequate funding and provide 21st Century equipment.
He appealed to the state government to extend its support to traditional medicine the same way it is done in orthodox medicine.