#PHC4UHC: ‘How we’re tackling quackery among traditional health providers in Lagos’ – Coordinator

By Philip Shimnom Clement in Lagos

The coordinating director of Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board, Kadiku Olorunkemi has emphasized the importance of traditional health care services in the country as a way to ensuring quality and affordable health care delivery.

He also said that they (traditional medical coordinators) in Lagos have set out modalities to fish out quacks that undermine the profession.

“Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board regulates the code of conduct and traditional medical practice and we have our members practicing all over the state.

“There are a lot of wrong notions and perception about traditional practice and many people view it as fetish and spiritual which is why many people feel orthodox medicine is better than traditional medicine, ” he said

In the area of fishing out quacks in herbal practice, the coordinating director said the board inaugurated a task force in April to eliminate quackery in the system and so far have impounded vehicles of non-professional vendors and were arrested.

He added that those that have been arrested who are not able to provide their certificate of registration with the board as well as laboratory composition of their products will be prosecuted.

Also, in the aspect of acceptance, he said “The level of acceptance is even higher than orthodox medicine as we have a lot of agencies that process natural products that our people want.”

How Herbal medicine can attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

Although traditional medicine is not a common practice in metropolitan and major cities and developed towns in Nigeria, it is said to be one of the major areas that can attract Foreign Direct Investment.

On this, the coordinating director, Olorunkemi said, “By Establishing herbal medical stores, it will go a long way to ensure that even foreigners come and purchase most of the products and invest heavily in its processing as the case may be.”

He added that 65% of health services are offered by the informal sector as just 35% is offered by the formal sector and orthodox medicine.

Olorunkemi who argued that, people are gradually bidding farewell to modern medical practice due to its inability to treat major ailments, also added that “traditional medicine help people to save the huge amount of money they spend on medical tourism.”