From Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja
Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Advocate Mohammed Abdullahi, said available documents showed that medicinal plants have played a key role in global health care, about 80 % of Africans dependent on phytomedicine for the management of diseases such as malaria, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, etc.
He said this during the Nigerian-Chinese Herbal Medicine awareness and sensitization campaign/herbal products exhibition yesterday in Abuja,
The minister, who was represented by his special assistant, lawyer Abdulhadi Abddullahi, pointed out that the growth of traditional medicine has slowed down due to the lack of standards and poor quality control of plants which, he says, must be fully addressed to ensure future development. and the harmonization of herbal medicines.
Abdullahi also said that traditional medicine is part of the tradition and culture of every country where it is practiced, in Nigeria, he added, the practice of traditional medicine has been informal and health care is managed by orthodox medicine, and therefore called for the need to reduce the fears of traditional practitioners who feel alienated from the formal health care delivery system.
The ministry, he said, has one of its capital projects in the department of health and biomedical sciences that is geared towards deploying natural technology.
The technology which he further stated is to develop, evaluate and identify herbal recipes for the control, prevention and management of identified health problems such as epilepsy, malaria, sickle cell anemia and trypanosomiasis , etc to promote affordable health care services.
Abdullahi therefore ensured the ministry’s commitment to collaborations with all stakeholders to catalyze the rapid development of traditional medicine practices, ensuring that well-trained and educated Nigerian youth are onboarded to promote entrepreneurship and sustainable succession management.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Nigerian Youth Council, Blessing Akinlosolu, in his welcoming address assured the country that the youths were ready with all relevant stakeholders to join with the federal state and local government to push forward the country in close cooperation with the Chinese government for development. of the practice of herbal medicine in the country.