To standardise the practice of alternate medicine in line with the World Health Organizations (WHO) regulations, the Ogun State Government has concluded arrangements to train 6,500 Traditional Healers and Herbalists across the State.
The Chairman, Alternate Medicine Board, Balogun Nurudeen Olaleye, who made this known in Abeokuta, said this became necessary to acquaint them with modern technology that would enhance their profession in tandem with the WHO standard.
The Chairman maintained that there had been serial methods of dosage prescriptions by alternate medicine practitioners ever since the beginning of the practice, saying that many people chose to disregard the prescriptions.
“Registration and sensitisation training programme is very essential for all Traditional Healers in the State to clear all forms of doubts concerning their practice and immediately after the training, they will be re-licensed with proper monitoring system by the government and that would guarantee their recognition and practice in the state”, Olaleye said.
He affirmed that those involved in alternate medicine, either Muslim, Christian, Traditional Healers, Academia, Alternate Medicine Researchers, Mission and Traditional Birth Attendants, are now under the same umbrella in the State, assisting the board on the implementation and enforcement of alternate medicine laws.
Olaleye appealed to the media to support government on its mission to standardised the practice of Alternate Medicine by always requesting for their certificate of registration from the Board before advertising their products, saying ‘’majority of them are quacks in the field’’.