Ogun State Government has organised an orientation programme for herbalists across the state.
The programme is to promote efficiency, regulate the herbal practice and ensure the standard that would further increase herbal acceptability among the people.
This was stated in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Friday by Dolapo Jinad, Press Officer, Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board.
Chairman, Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board, Balogun Nurudeen Olaleye, while declaring open the orientation course and certification programme at Igbodu, Onifa Egba, Kobiti, Abeokuta, said membership registration is essential for herbalists in the state.
He hereby called on them to register with the government and undergo necessary orientation courses.
He said: ‘’It is not enough for one to have knowledge of herbal practice alone without learning modern methods and ensuring hygienic practice that is key in promoting herbal medicine all over the world.”
The chairman maintained that they should abide by the modern ways in their practice and be familiar with the rules guiding the sub-sector, noting that it deals with human life, which must be protected by the government rules and regulations.
Olaleye said the present administration recognised the importance of the alternate medicine practitioners and consider them as an important force that must be reckoned with, which according to him led to the creation of the board.
He appealed to those that were yet to register with the board to do so without delay, as the board would soon embark on full enforcement across the state.
He sounded a word of caution to practitioners not to be caught involved in evil acts as the board would deregister any member caught it the act, and hand over such practitioner to the law enforcement agency for prosecution.
“I am particularly happy with the way you have been comporting yourselves and turnout of the registration is encouraging. Members have a lot to benefit from this registration because the government understands the technical position of your sector which is very delicate,” Olaleye said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Oluwo Ifa Ogun State, Chief Ifashola Anipupo applauded the gesture of the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, board members and management for their wonderful performance on strategic ways they have been conducting the board activities.
Chief Anipupo assured that in no short time, all herbal doctors in the state would be fully registered, assuring that no member would be found wanting of any sharp practices.
He called on the government and other stakeholders to continue to support and help them with new ideas that would further develop the traditional heritage.