By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The National Association of Traditional Medicine Practitioners, Osun State chapter has hinted on the efficacy of traditional solution to the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the whole world.
This is equally as they called on the government to fashion out modalities that will promote the traditional medicine industry for international recognition.
This was made known at an engagement meeting with the Special Adviser to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Civic Engagement, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye at the Centre for Civic Engagement, Osogbo.
Speaking on behalf of the association, the Chairman, Mr. Olatunji Maruf noted that traditional medicine is gaining more prominence in the global market due to its potency in treating all forms of ailments. It’s in view of this that he appealed to the federal and state government to give them necessary supports that will put their profession on the track of prosperity.
His words: “As a body, we are continually research – driven so as to give a lasting solution to the virulent nature of the pandemic. Our efforts so far has been productive, as our products have been taken to relevant stakeholders and agencies for thorough evaluation and approval which we are of strong optimism to be result-oriented.
“It should be noted that traditional medicine which is as old as any form of health care system is organized into levels of specialty; divination, spiritualism, and herbalism, which is viewed as a combination of knowledge and practice used in diagnosing, preventing, and eliminating disease. As a result, it should be given premium attention inorder to attract special recognition in the international market”, he added.
While underscoring the performance of Governor Oyetola, Olatunji extolled the dynamic leadership of his administration which is rooted in listening, qualities, managerial prowess and financial engineering with which he had massively transformed the state within two years.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that the government of Oyetola is felt at every nooks and crannies of the state for his policies and programs are in tandem with the feelers of the masses, and our support for him as an association rooted in the grassroots is resolute, unflinching and unrequited.
He,however, inundated the government on the need to resuscitate the Traditional Medicine Board, urging the government to give them maximum representation in the board.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser stated that, Oyetola-led administration is committed to giving dividends of democracy to the people of the State which is the rationale behind the ceaseless engagements the government is having with the people of the state.
Oyintiloye reiterated that Government recognizes the impact of the Association in the State in terms of providing Orthodox medications which serves as healings to people’s ailments.
According to him, “Osun is the hub of Cultural heritage and value for Yorubaland and this is why the Association cannot be undermined in the history of Yorubaland. Your donation of herbal medicines for the treatment of COVID-19 as a contribution for national development is an added advantage for the State.
“Oyetola’s administration is equally leaving no stone unturned in ensuring quality health delivery in the state which had necessitated the upgrade of 332 Primary Health Centres, the rehabilitation of the comprehensive and general hospitals as well as the construction of ultramodern resident quarters at the State General Hospital, Asubiaro. With the traditional medicine complementing the government efforts in health sector, more health deliveries are non-negotiable in the state”, he added.