FG Set To Incorporate Traditional Medicine In Primary Healthcare Delivery

FG Set To Incorporate Traditional Medicine In Primary Healthcare Delivery

By Blessing Otobong-Gabriel, Abuja

The Federal Government has yesterday said that plans are top gear to officially integrate Traditional, Alternative, and Complementary (TCAM) medicine into the country’s Primary Health Care System.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made this known in Abuja during the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Conference organised by the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Office of the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He explained that the time has come to put the medical knowledge and skills of the forefathers of the country on the front burner for greater value addition, in line with its aspiration to explore all avenues for Universal Health Coverage.

The minister noted, “There need not be a controversy between orthodox and traditional medicine. It is instructive that a very high percentage of Nigerians seek and use traditional medicine, either as a matter of preference or as an addition to orthodox medicine.

This reinforces the grounds for giving the traditional healing art a place in our health system.Ehanire therefore, called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the TCAM Bill, which will provide the necessary framework for further development of the sector.

He said the Federal Ministry of Health will consider how to officially integrate Traditional, Alternative, and Complementary medicine in our Primary Health Care System.

Before this is done, however, it is important that the practice is property regulated to assure health benefits accrue to our people.

”The First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, in her remarks called on all stakeholders, especially the Federal Government to ramp up utilization of its traditional medicines, especially in healthcare and economic development.

“This conference is in line with this administration’s agenda of boosting non-oil exports, which will lead to commercial cultivation and medicinal plants for health, economic and social benefits. It will provide health and jobs for our teeming youths and women,” she said.

She noted that while alternative healthcare like acupuncture and ayurveda have been imported and accepted in the country, the traditional medicine potential remains under-utilized at less than 20 percent.



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