‘Traditional medicine must adapt to trends’

The Registrar of the Traditional Medicine Practitioners Council (TMPC), Torgbuiga Yaka IV, has urged traditional medicine practitioners to take advantage of the modern trends of traditional treatment to promote the industry.

He made this call during an interaction with The Ghanaian Times in Accra, on Wednesday, on the relevance of traditional medicine practice as a means of alternative medication.

He said the ability to put into practice all the training programmes provided by the Council, would improve the standard of practice and boost confidence among Ghanaians.

Speaking on quality assurance, Torgbuiga Yaka, revealed that the Council had organised a Continuous Development Programme (CDP) for over 50 medical herbalists drawn from across the country.

These capacity programmes have discussed notable topics such as Basic Research Methods at Clinical Level, Cultivation and preservation of Medicinal Plants with respect to cryptolepis, sanguinolenta, basic life support- first aid, metabolic syndrome and the need for referrals.

“CDP is among strategies that TMPC uses among others for its members to ensure quality practice, products and compliance to standards”, he said.

On the issue of handling quacks, the TMPC boss said, the Council, under the Ministry of Health, had the mandate to clamp down on fake practitioners, adding that, his outfit was doing everything in their capacity to check miscreants in the industry.

The Ministry, he disclosed, was gradually integrating traditional and alternative medicine into an improved quality national health delivery system in the country.

The Registrar, who is also a Fellow of Ghana College of Pharmacist (FCG Pharm) called on Ghanaians to collaborate with his group to fight charlatans who were destroying the image of the profession by reporting them to the Council.

He also alerted the unsuspecting public to be wary of practitioners whose products and services they patronised, emphasising that, they must hold TMPC valid licence and accreditation, which must be conspicuously displayed at their premises.

By Luther King Owusu-Amoah

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