Mrs Modinat Onike, Financial Secretary of Elewe Omo Herbs Sellers Association of Nigeria, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of a media roundtable on Wednesday 18 December 2019, in Lagos.
It was gathered that the forum, which focused on the dangers associated with the use of herbal medicines was organised by Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA).
The association identified unregistered herbs hawkers on the streets as the major challenge facing traditional medical practice in the country. According to her, unregistered herbs hawkers are fond of administering wrong dosage and usage to innocent buyers who patronize them.
Earlier during the roundtable, Dr Sam Etatuvie, Director General of NNMDA called for more awareness and education on proper use of herbal medicines to reduce the dangers of drug abuse, especially in youths.
The NNMDA boss said that the forum was organised to create awareness and inform the public about the dangers associated with the use of herbal medicine. He disclosed that about four billion people out of the estimated global population of 6.3 billion patronizes the use of plants to meet their primary health care needs. He said that the agency had conducted several trainings of Traditional Medicine Practitioners (TMPs) in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
Etatuvie called for intervention to combat irrational use of herbal medicines and promotion of more rational motivation and adherence to strict good manufacturing practice and clinical guidelines at practitioners’ end and awareness among the general public