Traditional healers seek separate hospital for practice

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May 2nd, 2014
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Members of the Nigerian Union of Medical Herbal Practitioners (NUMHP) Lagos State chapter have called on the Lagos State government to support their members towards building separate hospitals for the practice of traditional medicine in the state.

The herbal practitioners stated that their clamour for having separate government-backed general hospital and maternity centres for the full practice of traditional medicine would offer government the opportunity of having access to regulate their practice more properly and confirm the efficacy of their medicine, and which will as well complement the practice of orthodox medicine in the state.

In a formal request for an audience presented to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, jointly signed by their leaders, Dr. Ayoka Ogunpeju Oguntokun, Iyalode-General; Dr. Sabir Adeokin, Lagos State Chairman; and Dr. Funmilayo Salami, State secretary, they ask the governor to allocate land to their members for the purpose of building the traditional hospital as in India and China.

The herbal medicine practitioners argued that millions of Nigerians resident in Lagos State patronize their clinics and centres as their practice cuts across all ailments, including traditional surgeries.

The traditional healers urged Governor Fashola to view their request as a parting legacy his administration will bestow on health care delivery in Lagos State.

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