By CHIKA IZUORA,
Traditional medicine practitioners in the Southwest have concluded plans to converge on Lagos state in their first step toward launching of a nationwide clinical verification that will authenticate and certify local medicines in the country.
This is sequel to a Memorandum of Understanding recently endorsed by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, with the Nigerian Council of Physicians of Natural Medicine, NCPNM, to establish collaborations and cooperation between the two bodies for the search and development of Nigerian indigenous natural medicinal products with potential health and economic benefits.
In an interview with our correspondent, national president of NCPNM, Professor Magnus Atilade said the practitioners would be hosted by NIMR in Lagos in the first step of the verification exercise.
Atilade said the exercise is the first of its kind after several years of failed efforts to address issues bothering on acceptance of indigenous medicines and according such products the recognition it deserved.
The president recalled that before introduction of orthodox medicine, Nigerians and indeed Africa relied on use of local herbs to treat all sorts of ailments and Africans and mortality rate in those days was high.
He said in Asia, and South America, traditional medicine have developed significantly because their governments have recognised their efficacy and backed practitioners research efforts.