Written by Ateed YUSUF

Herbalists want board to regulate their activities

Herbalists in the country under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Medical Herbal Practitioners, NUMHP, have appealed to the Federal Ministry of Health to establish a board to oversee its operations. 

National vice president of the union, north central geo-political zone, Dr. Muhammad Beji, said with the establishment of the board it would give grounds for vetting the activities of members.

Beji, in an interview with The Abuja Inquirer said the body is a registered and recognised by the government and needs to have a special board that would regulate its affairs under strict supervision of experts appointed on their competencies. 

He solicited support from government and stakeholders to assist in the building of a secretariat, while warning members against involvement in issues beyond their calling. 

“Any issue that one cannot handle should not be accepted, but should be referred to those you think can handle it. We handle issues that orthodox medicine can’t, so there is the need to keep to standard than involving in matters beyond someone’s abilities because of financial gain. 

“This is a well-known union that needs to be given support to complement orthodox hospitals in cases of treatment that don’t need traditional means," he noted. 

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