The National Council on Health (NCH) has placed a ban on traditional medicine practice pending the passage of a bill to regulate traditional medicine in the country
The Council which is the highest decision making body in the health sector also endorsed a ban placed on the use of media outfit to advertise and promote unapproved traditional medical products in the country
The Council said the ban became imperative in order to reduce mortality resulting from patronage of the advertised herbal products.
This was contained in a draft communiqué issued at the end of the 55th National Council on Health meeting which ended in Abuja at the weekend.
The Council however called for a review of the regulation of traditional medical practice through the establishment of the national traditional medicine board at all levels and called for early passage of the national traditional medicine bill by the National Assembly
In the interim, Council urged all states that are affected by the practice to develop and implement mechanism for regulating the activities of traditional medicine practitioners to protect the health of the populace.
The Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu used the opportunity to inform Council on the Committee set up to work towards the inclusion of herbal medicine into medical school curricula as informed by evidence based analysis.