The Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board (OGAMB) has inaugurated a task force to curb unlawful practices in the subsector, as part of efforts to stamp out quackery.
Penpushing reports that Chairman of the board Balogun Nurudeen Olaleye, made this known at a one-day workshop organized in collaboration with National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) held on Friday in Abeokuta
The Board chairman assured that the task force would also checkmate those with criminal tendencies in traditional medicine practice,stressing that the step would enable members operating in the various specialised fields to have separate task forces that would work with the state enforcement team to flush out quacks and reposition the subsector.
Penpushing further reports that, he pointed out that the enforcement mechanism put in place for alternate medicine practice in the state had become compulsory, lamenting rate of unchecked practice by the quacks
“The rate at which the image of the practice is being dented by quacks due to carefree attitude of some practitioners will no longer be tolerated in the state. Quacks in the subsector must leave the state now or they will be arrested and prosecuted by the law”, Olaleye said.
The Commandant of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA), Mathew Eije, in his remarks said that alternate medicine practice was as old as the evolution of man on earth and long existed before the introduction of orthodox practice.
Penpushing reports that Eijie declared that the agency is ready to wage war against drug abuse, warning traditional practitioners to be very careful with what they sell to the public.
The Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi in his own speech commended the collaboration, stressing that it would go a long way in sanitising the subsector,and emphasized that, it was compulsory for all practitioners to join necessary associations that have to do with their practice and to register with the government to be certified.
Penpushing further reports that, Oyeyemi added that anyone who had not registered with the government was not qualified to practice in the state and that such a person would be treated as a criminal.
The Chairman of Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board (OGAMB), Samson Soyoye earlier in his welcome address commended the state government for considering the health sector and traditional medicine as one of its priorities, adding that the commitment of the Governor and the board had inspired them.
Penpushing also reports that, he assured the government that with the inauguration of the task force, the association would be more dedicated to the practice of alternative medicine
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