Expert tasks FG on solutions to malaria
The Federal Government has been urged to empower traditional healers in the country, through adequate training and orientation to assist the health sector in eradicating malaria.
A Professor of African Traditional Medicine, Prof Philemon Amanze, who stated this while delivering the 15th Babcock University’s inaugural lecture, titled: “Emerging Challenges in the use of African Traditional Medicine in Healthcare delivery System: The Way Forward”, said traditional medicines have major roles to play in fighting the scourge.
He said solution to the malaria disease affecting over 300 million people across the world lies in government’s recognition of traditional healers through orientation and adequate training to diagnose and treat malaria disease with available medication.
This, according to him, would nip in the bud, more than 85 per cent of deaths in Africa that are attributable to malaria disease.Amanze said modern and traditional medicine healers should come together to work towards effective regulation, acceptable standardisation, and embrace the long awaited cooperation and integration of both forms of medication.
The inaugural lecturer suggested that a comparative research be carried out between Seventh-day Adventist medical and health institutions, adding that traditional medicine should be included in their curriculum and other similar institutions that depend solely on the modern system of medication.