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Ogun Alternate Medicine Board Begins Clampdown On Quacks, Quackery

All necessary machinery to fully enforce on all practitioners of native medicine in a bid to uncover quacks and quackery misrepresenting the goodwill across the state have been put in place.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta by Dolapo Jinad, Press Officer, Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board on Tuesday.

The Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board (OGAMB) Chairman, Balogun Nurudeen Olaleye announced this during 2021 end of the year stakeholders meeting and review of the board’s activities in 2021 held in Abeokuta.

Olaleye noted that the enforcement which will commence in third week in January 2022 made the board to put in place necessary logistics and awareness campaign programme that would ensure re-orientation, training and workshop for all the practitioners across the state.

He noted that it would further enable them to grasp the basic guidelines as well as the board’s modus operandi for a better result.

He further explained that part of the rules that established the board stipulates that, it must enforce its operational laws on all practitioners in the state, which included registeration of members for effective monitoring.

He explained that the registration with the board is very key and important in order to develop the data base for individual practitioners and enable board to monitor their activities.

His words: “We have been working with all the necessary security agencied and held meeting with the key stakeholders on alternate medicine in the state.

“And after due consultations with all the concerned bodies from both government and private sector, a date was fixed for the enforcement which will expose those that failed to register with the board.”

Speaking at the meeting, Yeye Abatan Oreagba appreciated the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for supporting the native healers and traditional believers.

She applauded the board chairman, Balogun Olaleye and other board members for their selfless services and commiitment at ensuring that the sub-sector stand-out successfully and particularly the best cordinated board in Nigeria.

In his response, Chief Samson Soyoye congratulated the Ogun State Alternate Medicine Board Chairman and members for promoting the state alternate medicine board to enviable height at any given opportunity.

Chief Soyoye, founder of the College of African Traditional Medicine hinted that the board is among the front burner in the country, competing favourably with some boards that had been established 15 to 40 years ago.

He urged practitionals in the state to support the state plan at registering all practitioners by registering with the board before the enforcement date.

He further appreciated the state governor and the board chairman for promoting alternate medicine in the state to national synosure despite the fact that the board was one of the youngest and newly created alternate medicine board in Nigeria, but had performed beyond expectations.

He assured their support for board’s full enforcement among others initiatives at sanitizing the sub-sector in achieving its set objetives in Ogun State.

To this end, to achieve a successful enforcemht across the state, the board has given enough time to all practitioners to register and mobilise themselves so as to identify qualified members and reduce incidence of criminality in the practice of alternate medicine in the state.

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