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Medical schools to study herbal medicine

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Date: 21th March, 2013

Image: Minister of Health Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu

THE Federal Government has taken steps to integrate herbal medicine into the curriculum of medical colleges. It has raised a committee for the development of curriculum for the training of herbal medical practitioners in medical schools.

Besides, it has constituted a committee on herbal products promotion and export.

Minister of Health Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, who raised these committees, said they are aimed at realising the economic benefits of herbal medicine.

The Herbal Products Promotion Committee is to identify key manufacturers of herbal products in Nigeria; identify range of herbal drugs and classify as food supplements or therapeutic agents; determine the volume of herbal drugs being exported from Nigeria;determine the volume of herbal products being imported and their sources.

The 14 man-committee is expected to also determine impediments to production and acceptability of Nigerian herbal products; critically review, identify and recommend means of encouraging the local production of safe, efficacious quality herbal products for domestic consumption and export; determine the potential of herbs and herbal products in terms of their value chain for job creation and foreign exchange earnings for Nigeria and to proffer any other recommendation, which in the opinion of the committee, is necessary to the realisation of its mandate.

The committee has Prof K.S Gamaniel of Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) as Chairman.

Members are J. E. B. Adagadzu; Dr Hadiza Nuhu of Ahmadu Bello University; Medical Director, Health Forever Products Limited, Otunba Olajuwon Okubena; Director, Pax Herbal Research Laboratories Limited, Rev Fr. Anselem Adodo; Alternative and Traditional Medicine Practitioner Dr Ayuk Enock Paul and Mr Amodu of the Ministry of Defence.

Others are representatives of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH); the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC); Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment; Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA); National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP).

Also on the committee are Deputy Director, Traditional Medicine Development Desk (TMDD) and Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).

Article Credit: The Nation News

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