First Lady Aisha Buhari has called on Members of the National Assembly to ensure swift passage of the bill to establish a council to regulate traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) activities.
Ms Buhari made the call on Saturday at the first annual conference of TCAM 2022 on the theme: Indigenous Medicinal Plants, Health Benefits and Economic Potentials.
“We want the Council for Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Bill to be passed quickly before the National Assembly to regulate their products and practice as required by law,” she said. .
At the two-day conference hosted by the Federal Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Office of the First Lady, Ms Buhari highlighted the need for practitioners to have legal support in their quest to provide alternative medicine in the country.
However, the first lady said that out of 10,000 species of medicinal plants in Nigeria, only 20% were used.
“These valuable bio-resources often referred to as ‘green gold’ can be harnessed for the production of medicines, cosmetics and other related products to benefit our people,” she said.
She therefore urged the competent authorities to support the course.
The first lady expressed her optimism that the gradual integration of TCAM into the health care delivery system will ensure the progress of the Nigerian health sector towards achieving universal health coverage.
She also pledged to acquire land for women to develop and produce medicinal plants to ensure health and social and economic benefits including job creation.
In her welcome address, Minister of State for Health Adeleke Mamora said the ministry was working to acquire land to grow medicinal plants to stimulate the production of traditional herbs in commercial quantities to increase revenue generation.