The Federal Government of Nigeria has certified some universities federal universities to award the certificates of traditional medicine practice.
The National President, National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners, NANTMP, His Royal Highness, Omon Oleabhiele, made this disclosure in Benin City, capital of Edo State at a retreat organized by NANTMP, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC and other national and global health organizations.
According to him, the Unversity of Ibadan (UI), and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, have already been approved by the Federal Government to award such degrees. Adding that the body is to draw the curriculum for the syllabus has already been inaugurated in Abuja by the Federal Ministry of Health.
He also said the arrangement is in top gear to certify more universities across the six geo-political zones for the award of degrees in a traditional medicine. He frowned at a situation whereby "Nigerian market is flooded with medicines from America, China, India and other Asian countries," whereas Nigeria's medicines which he said was better, are not available in Nigerian market.
Omon Oleabhiele who called for the immediate establishment of Tradional Medicine Hospitals to operate side by side with the orthodox medical hospitals, where patients should have the right of choice for their treatment method, which noted that the Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa, was the first to call for such establishment.
He attributed the massive improvement in the traditional medicine sector in Nigeria to the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan, just as he expressed hope that the bill on traditional medicine would be passed before his tenure ends.
A report compiled by Jethro Ibileke from Benin, Edo State, Nigeria.