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General News of Friday, 2 September 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Lagos residents now patronise trado-medicine practitioners – Government

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Government has revealed that 80 per cent of residents patronize the traditional and alternative health care practitioners for their health care needs.

This came as it released a code of conduct handbook for traditional, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners as part of efforts to regulate the practice of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in the state.

The 12-page document developed by the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board, LSTMB, clearly outlines appropriate conduct expected of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners; traditional medicine ingredients and herbal product sellers (Elewe-Omo); and botanical and herbal product dispenser (Alagbo), as well as offences and penalties for defaulters.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the remarks at the unveiling of the document at a public symposium, held at Alausa, Ikeja, to commemorate the Year 2022 African Traditional Medicine Day in Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, explained that the code of conduct handbook was developed to guide traditional, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners aright in providing qualitative healthcare services to citizens whilst conforming to basic ethical standard.
The governor stressed the need to properly regulate the practice of the traditional, complementary and alternative medicine as about 80 per cent of residents patronize the traditional and alternative health care practitioners for their health care needs.

While noting that the wellbeing of citizenry is of utmost priority of administration, the governor said: “As a government, we are concerned about the wellbeing of our citizens here in Lagos and we know that 80 per cent of you are using traditional medicine or alternative medicine. It is imperative that we understand what you are using, for your own safety.

“One of the key responsibilities of government is public protection and so our role is to make sure that you are aware of the benefits of traditional medicine and also aware that if the practice is not regulated, may be harmful.”




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