By Sola Ogundipe
The National Complementary and Alternative Medical Association (NACAMA) has denounced a group known as the Alternative Medical Practitioners Stakeholders saying members of the group are dissidents who are antagonistic of efforts of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) to reposition alternative medicine in the country.
In a communiqué issued last week in Abuja at the end of an emergency general meeting, the Association distanced itself from what it described as “irrational” and “irritating” media publications and letters purportedly written by the dissident group on behalf of conventional and complementary medicine practitioners.
According to the signed statement, NACAMA, as the recognised umbrella body for conventional and complementary medicine practice in the country, had expelled the errant members in the persons of Prof. Joseph Okoro, Dr. Anthony Ironwa, Dr. Osmond Onyeka as well as voided their purported utterances and publications.
Urging members of the public and all government establishments to disregard the expelled members and to avoid doing any business with them on behalf of NACAMA, the statement pledged support for regulation and standardisation activities of the MDCN on conventional and complementary medicine.