Abuja - The Lagos State Government has organized a two- day training programme for traditional medicine practitioners in the state.
The exercise aims to help the practitioners manage and offer treatment, using traditional herbs, to treat priority diseases in West Africa.
Speaking at the training Chief Executive of Global Holistic Health Centre and Chairman, Lagos State Traditional Medicine at Lagos State Government Ministry of Health Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi, identified the six priority disease as malaria, hypertension, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
He explained that the training exercise was part of the resolve of the West Africa Health Organizations (WAHO) to further stem the spread of the diseases using all available means.
Omoseyindemi assured that the method of traditional medical care that participants would be exposed to, are those with scientific backing and well researched by renowned scientists which had been put to test in other African countries.
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He said that the involvement of traditional practitioners in finding cure to these diseases would be done in conjunction with the modern day medical practitioners, especially in the areas of medical analysis, laboratory test to diagnose the nature and intensity of the ailment in order to determine prescription and dosages.
He debunked the common belief system where persons suffering from any of the aforementioned ailment are regarded to be under spiritual or supernatural attacks by their adversaries.
"Any sign of discomfort in the body system should be brought to the knowledge of medical personnel who would determine what went wrong in the body rather than relying on common knowledge or superstitious beliefs.
The training programme started in Alimosho area of the state and will be extended across all the Divisions of the State to incorporate all traditional practitioners.
- CAJ News