By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI â€” Delta State government would in January 2010 introduce free health care for children between ages 0-5 and the elderly people, aged 65 and above.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Otumara, made the disclo-sure at the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency Multi-Stakeholders Forum and Training Work-shop for South-South Zone.
to review the draft traditional knowledge and biological resources protection bill last weekend.
Otumara said Dr. Uduaghanâ€™s administration was determined to promote traditional medicine, noting thatÂ â€œtraditional medicine, as we all know, has been a source of health care from time immemorial.â€
Regretting that the advent of orthodox medicine relegated traditional medicine to the background, he expressed serious concern about the need for them to go back to the basis and look for a way to reposition the source that once sustained the health needs of the people.
Speaking further at the forum facilitated by the Gbuzzorr Global Resources Limited, Lagos , the commissioner said the establishment of a botanical garden at Oghara, Ethiope West local government area was an indication ofÂ the fact that the state government was committed to the promotion of traditional medicine in the state.
Otumara, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the governor on Health, Dr. Benson Ojemeruaye, said the governor was in full support of the Traditional Knowledge Protection bill before the National Assembly.