The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) Mrs Monilola Udoh has advocated for the inclusion of traditional medicine in the school curriculum to enable Nigerians to develop an interest in traditional medicine.
Mrs Udoh said this when the Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (NTMPA) paid her a courtesy visit in her office in Abuja.
Monilola Udoh stated that traditional medicine if properly developed will not only eliminate medical tourism but will be a great source of revenue generation for Nigeria.
She further said that the development of Traditional medicine will improve the scientific, research and innovation sector in the country.
Udoh noted that traditional medicine is a pure undiluted and organic natural medicine which is provided by God and will be an alternative medicine to Nigerians, adding that traditional medicine should be included in the school curriculum in order to avail the children of its importance in our health and national growth.
She assured the Association of the Ministry’s support and advised her to keep with her God-endowed medicine, document it as much as possible, and store the data for posterity so that students can study and continue their research in the future.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation Plateau state, Honourable Gyang Dung Musa who introduced the Association to the Ministry, noted that traditional medicine has been of immense health benefit to Nigerians.
Gyang Musa, however, called on the Federal Government to remove the Association from the Federal Ministry of Health and place her under the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation for the desired development.
Speaking, the president of the Association Dr Peter Luke Dako said that the Association has a lot to offer the country and the world in terms of traditional medicine but she is highly confronted with the challenges of office accommodation, registration with NAFDAC among others which have been hindering the progress of the Association.