8th African Traditional Medicine Day Celebrated In Accra

The Minister of Health, Dr Benjamin Kumbour, is unhappy about the poor perception accorded herbal medicine in the country. This he said, is a great challenge to the health care delivery.

According to the Minister, about 20 policies and administrative guideline to institutionalize herbal medicine would be effected by January next year.

Furthermore, 35 herbal products have been researched into, of which 7 have reached the third stage in clinical trials. Dr Kumbour made the comments at the celebration of the 8th African Traditional Medicine Day which also coincided with the 10 Anniversary celebration of Traditional Medicines in Ghana.

The Day is on the theme, “A Decade of Traditional Medicine: progress so far, Dr Kumbour added that, about 145 herbal products have been registered and selected by a technical committee for the use at the primary level of health care.

In his contribution, the President of the Ghana federation of Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Associations (GHAFTRAM), Agya Kweku Appiah, was unhappy about the huge wall of mistrust and sometimes hatred by a section of the society towards herbal medicine. This he said, is unproductive to the total health care delivery.

Speaking on behalf of Agya Kweku Appiah, the General Secretary of GHAFTRAM, Mr Godfred Boateng said, GHAFTRAM has had several for a fora its membership, and called on the government to support and improve upon the quality of herbal products in the country.

The chairman of the council of state, Prof Kofi Awoanor urged the state institutions to give some respect to herbal practice and put away their prejudice. It’s unfortunate that, some orthodox doctors could criticize herbal medicine when over 70% of the people depend on it. This he said is unfair to the people’s belief.

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