The members of the National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medical Practitioners (NANTMP), Enugu State chapter, have canvassed for the creation of a Traditional Medicine Practitioners board, appealing to the state government to assist in equipping their research and development centre, in Ngwo, Enugu North Local Government Area.
The members who said the anticipated board would “act as a legislative and regulatory instrument for traditional medicine practitioners in the state,” made the request during the association’s courtesy visit to the Enugu State deputy governor, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, led by its chairman, Chief Cosmas Attamah.
They further appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to sign the bill on the Traditional Medicine Board for Enugu State into law as it had been passed earlier by the Enugu State House of Assembly.
“Through this framework, members of NANTMP can be trained on good manufacturing practice and this will hasten their applications for NAFDAC registration,” the members said in an address read by the association’s secretary, Mr. Daniel Ezeh.
He explained that the state’s health sector will receive a boost once the board comes into existence, adding that it will also create employment opportunities.
Responding, the deputy governor commended the group for the efforts its members had been “making towards improvement of healthcare delivery in Enugu State especially through the provision of affordable access to alternative medical treatment”.
She assured the group “that the state government in concert with relevant ministries and agencies is giving due attention to the requests,” noting that conclusions on that will be reached soon.
Enugu State deputy governor, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo (middle), with members of the Association of Traditional Health Practitioners.