By Chioma Obinna
The Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board has been urged to initiate research on traditional medicine with a view resolving some efficacy problems arising from the practice of herbal medicine.
Making the call during a 2-day scientific session on traditional medicine in healthcare delivery held in Lagos last week with the theme: â€œTraditional Medicine in Healthcare Deliveryâ€ Prof. Sophie Oluwole said proper research into some of the medicinal plants would help resolve problems of efficacy amongst others.
Corroborating this view,Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Pharm. Toyin Hamzat said the state government was working towards integrating traditional medicine into the healthcare system.
Hamzat said the problem facing the practitioners currently, is how to put the herbs into dosage form noting that only when this was done would patients derive maximum benefit.
Chairman of the Lagos State Traditional Medicine, Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi explained that socio-economic potential of traditional medicine development cannot be over emphasised in view of the vast healthcare delivery and economic potentials of traditional medicine.
Noting that in some Asian and African countries, 80 percent of the population depends on traditional medicine for primary health care, he added that herbal medicines are the most lucrative form of traditional medicine and was highly lucrative in the international market place.
â€œLet us ensure the use of safe, effective and quality products and practices, based on available evidence and acknowledge traditional medicine as part of primary healthcare,â€ he noted.
In a paper entitled; Role of Anthropology in the African Traditional Medicineâ€, Prof. Adewale Oke, an Anthropologist at the Dept. of Sociology University of Ibadan, said the acceptance of modern scientific medicine and health services does not mean elimination of traditional medicine instead the modern is added to the traditional as an alternative an individual will therefore opt for whichever type satisfies his perceived specific need or want.