Lagos unveils handbook to regulate traditional medicine practice

The Lagos State Authorities has launched a Code of Conduct Handbook in a bid to regulate the actions of traditional medicine practitioners within the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu unveiled the 12-page doc on Thursday at a public symposium held to commemorate the 12 months 2022 African Traditional Medicine Day in Lagos.

The handbook, which was developed by the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board (LSTMB), “clearly outlines the rules for traditional, complementary and different medicine practitioners, traditional medicine substances prescribed for natural product sellers (Elewe-Omo) in addition to botanical and natural product dispensers (Alagbo), simply because it states offences and penalties for defaulters.”

The governor, represented by the state’s Commissioner for Well being, Akin Abayomi, affirmed that there’s a want to guarantee correct monitoring of traditional, complementary, and different medicine as about 80 per cent of residents patronise traditional and different well being care practitioners for his or her well being care wants.

He famous that the state authorities will take duty for making certain that the traditional, complementary and different medicine practice is in keeping with finest practices.

He added that the federal government will proceed to educate residents on the advantages of traditional medicine to be certain that practitioners function inside their scope of practice.

Professionalism amongst practitioners

Talking additional, Mr Sanwo-olu urged members of LSTMB to preserve good work ethics and professionalism, warning that anybody discovered practising any type of healthcare supply with out a licence, will likely be sanctioned and prosecuted.

He decried the excessive incidence of quackery, traditional medicine hawkers and concoction mixers, stating that it posed a critical well being threat to the group.

He additionally emphasised that traditional medicine should be regulated for correct restructuring, regulation and accreditation by the LSTMB to remove quackery within the well being occupation.

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The Governor acknowledged the efforts and immense contributions of traditional medicine practitioners to the well being sector by the availability of other technique of treating some terminal illnesses.

“To take care of the monitor file and revel in authorities’s assist and recognition, guarantee you don’t practice outdoors your scope, Should you do this, you could have run foul of the legislation ”, he mentioned.

The Secretary to the State Authorities, Folashade Jaji, in her feedback appreciated the resilient members of LSTMB for his or her tenacity in harnessing the event of traditional medicine for each the well being and financial growth of the folks.


“Traditional Medicine is the one healthcare service that’s available, accessible and inexpensive; this underscores the numerous contribution of traditional medicine as a serious supplier,” she mentioned.

Represented by the Director, of Political Affairs and Particular Duties, Olabisi Shonibare, Mrs Jaji urged practitioners to enhance their practice by standardisation of their operations by protecting correct data and knowledge assortment and in addition to expose faux or quack practitioners.

Traditional Medicine Day

African Traditional Medicine Day is widely known each 31 August to promote the significance of the continent’s wealthy biodiversity of medicinal vegetation and herbs in enhancing well-being, in accordance to the WHO African area.

Talking on the theme of the 2022 African Traditional Medicine Day Celebration: “Two Many years of African Traditional Medicine: Progress In direction of Reaching Common Well being Protection in Africa”, Mr Sanwo-Olu mentioned the theme was nicely thought out because it underscored the pressing want to be certain that each traditional and standard medicine work collectively to present sustainable healthcare supply to residents.

He said that there are about 10,000 registered traditional medicine practitioners within the State, which is in extra of 4000 orthodox medical doctors in Lagos.

In her remarks, the Chairman of the Traditional Medicine Board, Adebukola Adefule-Oshitelu, urged traditional medicine practitioners to all the time function inside their scope to keep away from placing sufferers in danger.

She urged practitioners of traditional, complementary and different medicine to exude professionalism and be guided by the occupation’s ethics always as codified within the handbook.

He famous that each noble occupation is guided by a code of conduct that units it other than practice by charlatans and quacks.


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