An expert committee with mandate to establish the Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medicine Institute has been inaugurated. The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora disclosed this at a Ministerial press conference in Abuja to commemorate the 2021 African Traditional Medicine(ATM) Day He said the process to review the Nigeria Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the Traditional Medicine Policy is in progress. Mamora who stated the obvious global realities in the sector especially as it relates to the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic says the trend suggest calls for consideration of local production of medicines as alternative for attainment of Universal Health Coverage among other gains. Meanwhile, the country representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Walter Molumbo, represented by Kofi Boateng, in his remarks revealed ongoing clinical trials of 14 herbal Covid 19 remedy products as listed to the world body by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). The African Traditional Medicine Day is commemorated every 31 August to promote the important role of the continent’s rich biodiversity of medicinal plants and herbs in improving well-being. The theme of this year’s edition is “Potential Contribution of Traditional Medicine to Covid 19”. Response.
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