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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PRACTICE IN NIGERIA – WHERE ARE WE?

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This piece is premised on the fact that Nigeria can be greater than it is at the moment with the cooperation of the government and the governed. Some of the ingredients required, apart from good governance are the can-do-spirit, patriotism and a collective resolve to make Nigeria a much better nation by all of us Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora. Part of our objectives on TERRIFIC HEADLINES is to invite attention to critical issues as well as provide platforms for interactions for positive developments.  It is in the spirit of carrying the populace along and bringing the government and the governed together that this piece is rolled out. It would certainly be beneficial if all Nigerians at home and abroad join to promote Nigeria’s points of view on development in order to record real growth. This compilation aims basically at sensitizing the general populace and everybody who could make Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medicine work for the common good. This is a sub-sector that has a strong potential of growing the national economy phenomenally, move up the standard of living, and conserve the nation’s foreign reserves, moving towards a self-dependent economy, increase employment opportunities and also increase domestic production. RECOGNITION BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: Nigeria is abundantly endowed with human and material resources that could sustain high and broad-based growth and development. More importantly, our country boasts of the highest pool of highly educated and trained manpower in Africa. This is in addition to our large population which offers the largest market for investors in Africa. It is imperative for leaders to show the way for advancements to be recorded, in a transformational manner. Governments must lead the way and guide the citizenry to adopt the best global practices. Why is this issue very important? Principally, Nigeria must not be left behind in an increasingly globalized world.  The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some part of their primary health care. In Germany, about 600 to 700 plant-based medicines are available and are prescribed by some 70% of German physicians.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023, was developed and launched in response to the World Health Assembly resolution on traditional medicine (WHA62.13). The strategy aims to support member states in developing proactive policies and implementing action plans that will strengthen the role traditional medicine plays in…

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