LASG seeks sanity in traditional medicine practice

The Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board, (LSTMB) has reconstituted its monitoring and enforcement task force teams across all the five divisions of the state to restore sanity to traditional medicine practice by making operators to conform to the law.

The government, according to a statement on Tuesday, explained that the move was in line with the Health Sector Reform Law 2006, which provided legal backing for the establishment of an inspectorate division for the supervision of traditional medicine practice in the state.

Speaking at the reconstitution of the task force in Onikan, the Coordinating Director of the agency, Mr Kadiku Olorunkemi, urged members of the task force to be loyal to the operating guidelines of the body.

Kadiku listed some of the anticipated outcomes from the monitoring to include improvement in the compliance with Health Sector Reform Law 2006 by traditional medicine practitioners in the state, identification and elimination of quackery in traditional medicine practice, as well as an increase in the number of qualified registered practitioners, among others.

According to him, the duties of the task force operatives is to conduct an inspection of premises of practitioners, assess compliance with operational guidelines, conduct periodic visits to registered premises and make appropriate recommendations to the board for regularisation and determination of either registering an applicant or revoking the operational licence of recalcitrant practitioners.

He also added that the feedback received from the monitoring team would provide information about the factors militating against traditional medicine practice in the state and also assist in the formulation of appropriate policies and guidelines to address the challenges.

While disclosing that the team would commence operations on April 25, Olorunkemi advised traditional medicine practitioners in the state to regularise their operations and conform with the provisions of the relevant law before the stipulated date.
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