Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has advocated for the inclusion of traditional Medicinal and stimulant plants into the mainstream health system.
Ortom stated this yesterday, during the 5th International Conference on Africa’s Indigenous Stimulants (ICAIS) held in Makurdi, the Benue state capital with the theme: Indigenous Stimulants/Medicinal Plants; Wealth Creation and Investment Opportunities’.
‘’Permit me to indicate here that in other countries, many of the Traditional Plant-based Medicinal and Stimulants, are being integrated into mainstream health systems through regulations.
‘’For example, in December 2016, the Chinese Government announced their aim to integrate traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into their healthcare system by 2020, recognizing improved scientific understanding of the plants and their value in treating chronic conditions.
‘’In Europe, there is also a trend towards using traditional plant-based (herbal) medicines alongside pharmaceutical drugs. In Germany for example, it is estimated that 90% of the population use herbal medicines,’’ he said.
The President, Pharmacist Order, Republic of Benin, Dr Charles Ainadou, said that cancer of the lungs was the most dominant among human beings globally.
Ainadou, while delivering his speech, said, according to the International Council for Research on Cancer (ICRC) about 1.8 million people had been diagnosed of cancer of the lungs across the globe in 2013.
He also said that prostate cancer was the second commonest, stressing that prostate cancer affect people mostly due to aging.
‘’It affects only 10 per cent of the people who are 30 years, 50 per cent from 60 years and 90 per cent at the age of 85,” he said.
According to him, medicinal and stimulant plants like bitter kola, kola nuts, Guinea pepper could be used for the treatment of cancer and other ailments without side effects.
The conference director, Dr Olufemi Bolarin, lamented that the medicinal as well as stimulant plants were grossly underutilized in the country.
Bolarin, therefore, encouraged people to venture into production and utilization of the plants for their overall good, adding that it was capable of creating wealth.
The director-general, National Agency for Food Drug and Administration Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Moji Adeyeye urged traditional medicine practitioners to register their products with the agency for enhanced productivity and the development of the economy.