The Lagos State Government, through the Traditional Medicine Board (LSTMB), has said that it will begin its crackdown on unregistered Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners in all regions of the country.
This was revealed in a statement by the board’s public affairs officer, Segun Ogunleye, on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the government is set to implement National Health Council (NCH) guidelines, which require all complementary and alternative medicine practitioners to register their operations or face the wrath of the law, as prescribed by the National Council on Health. Health Council.
Speaking recently in Lagos on the NCH guidelines, which he said were among the resolutions passed at the 62nd Traditional Medicine Practitioners Meeting held in 2019 in Asaba, Delta State, the Registrar of the Council of Traditional Medicine in Lagos State, Mr Olorunkemi Kadiku, said the council was giving unregistered practitioners in the state until the end of March to complete their registration.
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According to him, all complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, including product manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers, are required to regularize their practice, as well as register their premises with the Traditional Medicine Board. , under penalty of seeing their premises 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.
Speaking further on the matter, Kadiku, who is also a member of the state Primary Health Care Board, revealed that the Traditional Medicine Board has also complied with the other directives of the National Board, obliging all advice from traditional medicine to create notable professional units or sections. , in their offices, to be in charge of the coordination, regulation and control of CAM practice and products.
According to the director of the Council, the units include: the practice of traditional medicine, the practice of complementary and alternative medicine, the practice of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine, research development, complementary medical products based on plants and marketing.
Further explaining, the Registrar said the council “has also implemented the council resolution by registering and licensing the Milyash Alternative Specialist Clinic in Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, as the first complementary and alternative medicine clinic, in the state,” adding that “The Board is also in the process of registering other facilities that have applied to it for registration.”
According to Kadiku, the LSTMB was established by the state government in 1980 to oversee the development, promotion, monitoring, regulation and integration of traditional medicine practices into state health care.