By Chioma Obinna & Oluchi Muogbo
LAGOS – Former Kwara State Commissioner for Health and Publisher of Healthcare magazine, Dr. Bola Olaosebikan, has called for a national conference on traditional medicine where state governors would be in attendance to discuss strategies to support, promote and develop traditional medicine in Nigeria before the end of the year.
Olaosebikan who was a guest lecturer at the 2009 Lagos State African Traditional Medicine Day explained that such a conference could be used to draw the attention of such political leaders and policy makers to the various resolutions of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the resolutions of the African Union.
He further noted that the conference would also serve as a platform to formulate the Nigerian Agenda for National Development of Traditional Medicine.
According to him, â€œNigeria should develop its traditional medicine and welcome alternative medicine from other parts of the world as complimentary medicine like acupuncture, magnetic therapy, reflexology, healthtron therapy, sound therapy and use of various healing devices.â€
Frowning that most of Africanâ€™s herbs that were taken abroad are being exported back for sales in Nigeria and many African countries, Olaosebikan stressed the need for development of traditional medicine.
He urged orthodox doctors and pharmacists to develop more understanding for traditional medicine with a view to hastening the integration of the two practices in the health system.