Alternative medicine

NMA Calls for Review of Alternative Medicine Bill

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has urged the National Assembly to review the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Bill to ensure there is no ambiguity in the law.

At a press conference on Sunday, the association’s national chairman, Uche Ojinmah, said the legislation was against chatter signed by African countries on the establishment of the council for traditional African medicine.

“We would like to emphasize that complementary and alternative medicine is different from traditional medicine, and these are areas controlled by the dental and medical board.

“And the Bill, if passed, will conflict with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Act.

“We therefore call on the government and the National Assembly to quickly modify the title and functions contained in this bill.

“Whether it’s control of traditional African medicine, but not complementary and alternative medicine means another thing,” he said.

He urged the government to speed up action on raising the retirement age for doctors, noting that it is the easiest way to stop the brain drain in the profession.

Commenting on the risk allocations, Mr Ojinmah said the association issued a two-month ultimatum to the government to resolve the issue.

The association also disapproved of the insecurity, which prevents patients and medical staff from accessing health facilities in some parts of the country.

He urged government at all levels and security agencies to address the security challenges plaguing the country.

According to Mr. Ojinmah, proactive measures are needed to control the deterioration of health indicators and effectively combat the brain drain from the sector.