By Oluwafunke Ishola
The Lagos State Government, through its Traditional Medicine Board (LSTMB), has declared that it will terminate the business of unregistered Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners from here March.
Mr. Olorunkemi Kadiku, Registrar of LSTMB, made the revelation in a statement signed by Mr. Segun Ogunleye, Public Affairs Officer of the council, Lagos.
Kadiku said the state is ready to implement the guidelines of the National Health Council (NCH), which mandates registration for all CAM practitioners across the country.
He said the council was giving unregistered practitioners in the state until March to complete their registration.
According to him, all CAM practitioners including product manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers are required to regularize their practice.
He said they must also register their premises with the Council of Traditional Medicine, or risk their premises being sealed.
“Any practitioner who fails to comply with this directive to register with the LSTMB will be treated as a defaulter and these premises will be closed, including confiscation of products, in accordance with the decisions of the board,” he said.
Kadiku said the council also complied with other council guidelines, requiring all traditional medicine councils to establish notable professional units in their offices.
He said the units would be responsible for the coordination, regulation and control of CAM practice and products.
According to him, the unit includes the practice of traditional medicine; practice of complementary and alternative medicine; development of research on the practice of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine; and Complementary Herbal Medical Products and Marketing.
Sadiku revealed that the council also implemented the council resolution by registering and licensing the Milyash Alternative Specialist Clinic in Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island.
He said the clinic was the first CAM clinic in the state, noting that the board was in the process of registering other facilities that had asked it to be registered.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the LSTMB was established by the state government in 1980 to oversee the development, promotion, monitoring, regulation and integration of the practice of traditional medicine in the state health system. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)