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Traditional medicine practitioners demand council to regulate activities

The National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioner (NANTMP) has called on the Federal Government to establish Traditional Medicine Council at the federal, state and local governments to regulate the profession.

The Association’s National President, Dr Shaba Maikudi, speaking at the inauguration of the association’s newly elected executive council, yesterday, in Abuja, said despite World Health Organisation’s (WHO) proclamation that 95 per cent of the world’s population depend on natural medicine, Nigeria has no Council to regulate activities of its practitioners.

He disclosed that a bill had been sent to the National Assembly for the establishment of the council, which would ensure that traditional medicine practitioners play by the rules and regulations.

Shaba said although the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Commission (NAFDAC) has been collaborating with the body in ensuing that their products are marketable, as well as meet WHO standard.

Reading riot act to fake traditional medicine practitioners, he said the new executive would set up a task force to ensure practitioners meet the expected standards.

Board Chairman of the association, Dr Adamu Bashiru noted that the passage of the bill by the National Assembly would further give recognition to traditional medicine in the country, and increase exportation of Nigerian’s cultural heritage. He lamented that the border closure is taking a negative toll on their businesses.

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