Traditional medicine practitioners can now heave a sigh of relief as their long drawn battle for formal recognition and acceptance just like orthodox medicine practitioners, has yielded fruits as the Federal Government, through the ministry of health, has begun the process of integrating alternative medicine into medical school curriculum.
This was disclosed last Wednesday by Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who said that his ministry was in the process of integrating traditional medicine practice into medical school curriculum.
The health minister also announced that following the rising abuse of codeine syrup – a remedy for cough and other nasal/bronchial congestions, especially in the northern part of the country, the ministry was taking drastic steps to regulate use of the drug, stressing that it would henceforth be treated as a narcotic that should not be sold over the counter.
Chukwu, however, premised the gobvernment’s veiled official recognition of herbal medicine on the need for practitioners to go to medical school to equip themselves with the requisite expert knowledge.
He also promised a level playing ground for all stakeholders in the health sector.