Herbal Medicine Board Inaugurated
A nine-member Governing Board that will steer the affairs of the Centre for Plant Medicine Research has been inaugurated in Accra.
The Board is expected to research into plant medicine for the promotion, encouragement, extension, transfer and application of scientific research knowledge and development in the field of plant medicine.
In an address at the inauguration this morning, the Minister for Health, Mr Alexander Segbefia, charged the Board to collaborate with the Traditional Medicine Practice Council, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the Ghana Health Service in the training of qualified manpower in herbal medicine.
Mr Segbefia said herbal medicine was a treasure for Ghana which was yet to be exploited and urged the Board to lead the direction in the exploitation of that treasure.
He said government had undertaken a number of interventions in the area of traditional medicine with the aim of increasing the country’s advantage in the area and to ensure that the citizenry consumed only the safest and efficacious herbal products.
He assured the Board of the Ministry’s support and collaboration to help make their work smooth for the development of herbal medicine.
For his part, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine, Prof. Yao Tettey, who doubles as the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, thanked the Minister and the Presidency for the honour, but requested that the government set up a Plant Medicine Fund that would help the Centre deliver on its mandate.
He explained that research into plant medicine was expensive and that without funds, the Centre would be unable to produce the best of herbal medicines.
Prof. Tettey assured government that he, together with his team, would ensure that they performed creditably to provide adequate scientific basis and apply add-on herbal medicines, help train and inform herbal medicine practitioners and manufacturers as well as produce quality and safe herbal medicines for the citizenry and the world at large.