Alternative medicine

Sanwo-Olu is committed to standardizing the practice of traditional and alternative medicine in Lagos

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, has reiterated his administration’s recommitment to normalizing the practice of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in Lagos as the government launches the Code of Conduct for the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board (LSTMB) for practitioners.

This was stated during the celebration of the African Traditional Medicine Day of the Year 2022 held on Thursday, September 1 at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja under the theme “Two decades of African traditional medicine day: process towards achieving universal health coverage in Africa’.

According to the Governor, over 80% of Lagosians use some form of traditional or alternative medicine to stay healthy; it is therefore imperative that the government understands what practitioners are using for their treatment.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, said the primary role of government is to ensure standardization across all sectors of the healthcare value chain in Lagos.

He revealed that Lagos currently has 10,000 registered traditional medicine practitioners and another 5,000 registered complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners.

According to him, TCAM practitioners are an integral part of the communities they serve; therefore, it is imperative that the government finds a way for all stakeholders to practice together seamlessly in order to achieve better outcomes for citizens.

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Adebukunola Ositelu, President of LSTMB, in a lecture titled “The Need for Collaboration between Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Conventional Practice in the Healthcare Delivery Sector in Lagos State: A Call for action,” said that traditional medicine existed long before civilization. , hence the need for collaboration between all practitioners.

Ositelu, who called traditional medicine indigenous, said there must be a clear and acceptable code of practice between the two areas of practice.

She further states that the ultimate goal should be to deepen the welfare of the citizens and revealed that Lagos State will face the peddling of traditional medicine commonly known as herbal mixture (concoction) in three months.

“A sick nation is a sinking and unproductive nation. Any nation’s health sector, when properly organized, can dictate the economic strength, viability, capacity and growth of that nation,” Ositelu said.

Kadiri Akeem Babalola from the Department of Botany at the University of Lagos said public health professionals have yet to have a voice in integrating traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) into the system. national health service in Africa.

Speaking on “Trends and Challenges in Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Africa: A Need for Change in the Perception of aTCAM in Nigeria – Lagos State as a Case Study”. Babalola said there is a need to change the general perception of TCAM in Africa, Nigeria in particular, because of its value in health care delivery.