Traditional medicine practitioners cautioned against violating rules

• Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Health Minister

• Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Health Minister

The Traditional Medicine Practice Council (TMPC) has warned herbal medicine practitioners to desist from all acts contrary to the provisions of the Traditional Medicine Practices Act 575 of 2000 or face prosecution.

The Act requires all practitioners, who have not yet registered with the TMPC, to do so and acquire the requisite certificates and licenses before practicing.

Addressing the Nkoranza branch of the Ghana National Association of Traditional Healers (GNATH) at Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo region, Edward Annor, Brong-Ahafo Regional Task Force Coordinator for the Council, said the TMPC would not hesitate to withdraw the licenses of practitioners who profess to offer ‘juju money,’ lotto numbers, and other strange claims.

Earlier, the task force in collaboration with the leadership of GNATH and Ghana Federation of Traditional Medicine (GHAFTRAM), embarked on an operation ‘eliminate the quacks’, in the Nkoranza South Municipality.

It was aimed at identifying the fake and quack practitioners, to eliminate them to ensure sanity in the traditional and herbal medicine practice.

Mr Annor cautioned licensed herbal practitioners to avoid “inducing utterances when on air, just to win customers for themselves”.

Mr Annor said there was the need for practitioners to maintain a clean environment in the production and packaging of their products, to conform to the standards of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

Dr Baffour Agyapong, Regional Chairman, GHAFTRAM, advised herbalists to be extra-cautious when gathering herbs, by avoiding areas where herbicides and other chemicals had been sprayed on the vegetation.

He cautioned that such contaminated herbs could cause damage to the kidney, liver and other parts of the human organs.

Dr.Agyapong commended the Brong-Ahafo branch of FDA, and the Department of Herbal Medicine, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, for organising training to update the knowledge of members of the Association.

He urged all non-registered practitioners to register with the association, to benefit from training and other programmes, to enhance their businesses.

Mr Iddrisu Fosu, chairman of Nkoranza branch of the association, said the visit of members of the task force was “very significant and rewarding” because the members were educated and updated on the code of ethics of the herbal medicine practice.

By Times Reporter

 

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