First Lady Aisha Buhari has appealed to Members of the National Assembly to ensure speedy passage of the bill establishing a council to regulate traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) activities .
Ms Buhari made the call on Saturday at the 1st Annual Conference of TCAM 2022 on the theme: Indigenous Medicinal Plants, Health Benefits and Economic Potentials.
The two-day conference was organized by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady with the aim of accelerating mechanisms for the integration of traditional medicines to complement conventional medicines in Nigeria.
She stressed the need for practitioners to have legal support in their quest to provide alternative medicine in the country.
“We want the Council for Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Bill to be passed quickly before the National Assembly to regulate their products and practice as required by law,” she said. .
The first lady, however, said that out of 10,000 species of medicinal plants in Nigeria, only 20% were used.
“These valuable bio-resources often referred to as ‘green gold’ can be harnessed for the production of medicines, cosmetics and other related products to benefit our people,” she said.
She therefore urged the competent authorities to support the course.
The first lady expressed her optimism that the gradual integration of TCAM into the health care delivery system will ensure the progress of the Nigerian health sector towards achieving universal health coverage.
She also promised to acquire land for women for the development and production of medicinal plants to ensure the promotion of health, social and economic benefits, especially in the areas of job creation.
Ms. Buhari informed the gathering that the conference was in line with the federal government’s program to boost revenue generation from the non-oil sector.
She expressed optimism that the conference would provide the necessary impetus for creating wealth and job opportunities to team up with the women and youth of Nigeria.
In her welcoming remarks, the Minister of State for Health, Senator Adeleke Mamora, said the conference aims to promote and utilize the production of traditional herbal medicines to improve the health and economic well-being of Nigerians.
Mamora also said that the ministry is working to acquire land for the cultivation of medicinal plants to stimulate the production of traditional herbs in commercial quantities to increase income generation.
Also speaking, the Chairperson of the Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum, Ms. Bisi Fayemi, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues, expressed her commitment to supporting TCAM in their various states.