The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has called on Nigerian universities to include herbal medicine degree in their programmes, stressing that its knowledge would enhance the delivery of healthcare to the nation.
The minister said this in Abuja at a programme held to mark the 2019 African Traditional Medicine Day which has the theme, ‘Integrating traditional medicine in health sciences curricular in the African region.’
While unveiling the ministry’s report on curriculum development for the training of herbal medical practitioners and medical schools, the minister said that introduction of the course could be done with the support of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
He also called on agencies and departments of government that are concerned with traditional medicine practice to form a synergy so that the sector would experience development.
According to him, Nigerians would benefit a great deal if state government-owned varsities and the Federal Capital Territory establish traditional medicine departments, saying that the department would complement the already established medicine department.
The minister made reference to China and India where traditional medicine practice had already experienced a boom, adding that the Federal Government was also working to ensure maximum economic benefits from herbal medicine.
Mamora said that the Federal Ministry of Health was already working on a traditional and complementary medicine bill to be submitted to the executive for approval before being forwarded to the National Assembly for passage.
At the event, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Mr. Abubakar Rashid, pledge the support of the commission to the effort of the ministry on traditional medicine development.
While speaking on behalf of the Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners, Mr. Loveth Iwuzu, called on the FG to come up with a policy that would guard what he described as the intellectual property of traditional medicine practitioners in the country.