National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has revealed it is collaborating with herbal and traditional medicine practitioners to provide guide to good practices.
Mr Anikoh Ibrahim, the NAFDAC Coordinator in Niger State, made this known while inaugurating a one-day sensitisation workshop organised by the agency for herbal and traditional medicine practitioners.
According to him, the agency has put in so much effort in recent times in ensuring that it works together with other stakeholders to achieve the standardisation of herbal medicine products.
He said, “Therefore, I urge you to pay attention to the presentations as it provides a guide on the path to good herbal and traditional medicine practices in Niger state.
“The World Health Organisation (WHO) said over 70 per cent of the world population depends on herbal or traditional medicine.’’
He further added that it was imperative to investigate and understand what constitutes herbal medicine, its relevance in the Nigerian society and NAFDAC’s role in its regulation.
He noted that the use of traditional medicine in the country dates back to the earliest history of mankind as it is in other cultures of the world.
Malam Umaru Ningi, the state Chairman, Traditional Medicine Practitioners, blamed the Federal Government for not supporting them in area of capacity building to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts.
“We want government to support us to grow so that Nigerians will stop travelling to India and other places for treatment,’’ he said.
Ningi, however, appealed to the present administration to bring orthodox, herbal and traditional medicine practitioners in the country together, to enable them come up with a platform to develop the nation’s health sector.