December 1, 2022

The Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, has called on Nigerian universities to introduce Bachelor of Science degree programme in traditional medicine for better healthcare delivery.

Made this call at the 2019 African Traditional Medicine Day in Abuja

Mamora made the call at a news conference commemorating the 2019 African Traditional Medicine Day in Abuja on Friday.

African Traditional Medicine day is celebrated on August 31 annually. The theme for the 2019 event was, “Integrating Traditional Medicine in Health Sciences Curricular in the African Region.”

He appealed to Nigerian universities to incorporate modules of herbal medicine in their curricular of health sciences, adding that this could be achieved with support from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

The minister also unveiled the ministry’s report on curriculum development for the training of herbal medical practitioners and medical schools.

He urged agencies and departments working on traditional medicine in the country to work together for the development of the sector.

He said the ultimate goal of government in the sector was to derive maximum economic benefits from traditional medicine like China, India and other countries.

State governments should establish tradomedical departments to complement departments of Medicine

The minister urged state governments and the Federal Capital Territory to establish traditional medicine departments for healthcare development.

Mamora suggested that such department should be complementary to medicine department to provide opportunities for rapid development and integration of traditional medicine into the healthcare delivery system.

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