Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has urged traditional and alternative medicine practitioners to fish out quacks in their midst, saying activities of such dubious elements are adversely affecting their institutional integrity. He also urged them to pay more attention to research and development, in order to regularize their profession.
In addition, Governor Ganduje advised them to update their knowledge of diseases and medicaments, in order to provide remedies for emerging health challenges in the society. He made the assertions during a meeting with Traditional Medicine Practitioners in the state on Tuesday, appealing to them to work hand-in-hand with public health officials to safeguard the wellbeing of the people.
“I want to call upon you to cooperate with health officials and regulatory bodies to ensure not only the efficacy but also proper administration of herbs and other medicinal consumables,” the governor stressed.
Dr. Ganduje also stated that, as members of the same association, it is not in their best interest to bicker over immaterial things. He maintained that his government decided to create Office of Special Adviser to Governor on Traditional Medicine so as to help in sanitizing their profession; assuring that some of their members would be sponsored to participate in the forthcoming International Conference on Traditional Medicine to be organized by Bayero University Kano, in October this year.
On his part, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Alternative Medicine, Malam Haruna Muhammad Sani Ibn Sina, said the summit, which is the first of its kind in the history of the state, is aimed at streamlining the activities of herbalists, traditional medicine proprietors and “Islamic Chemists” for better service delivery.
He maintained that the state government intends to support them to operate in line with available best practices and to look into avenues where their expertise could complement the services of modern medical practitioners in serving humanity.
In their separate speeches, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, and a lecturer with Bayero University, Kano, Dr. Muhammad Tahar Adam, urged the practitioners to embrace government regulatory policies on traditional/alternative medicine and to work with the government to ensure coordination and regularization of their activities.