Traditional/Native and herbal medicine course is now available for interested candidates at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State.
The Special Adviser to the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Willie Obiano, on medicine and herbal practice, Dr. Onyekachi Ibezim revealed this during a press conference in Awka, the state capital.
He noted that the university has started an advanced diploma course in native medicine but any interested person/student however must possess minimum of a first degree in any field of study to be admitted for the course.
Onyekachi explained that just as practitioners of western medicine are trained and certified, the government wants a situation where traditional medical practitioners are also trained and certified.
The governor’s aide revealed further that the need to harmonize and standardize studies and the profession of herbal medicine in the state was responsible for the development.
He added that he was working with two professors of pharmacy as technical advisers.
“When I was appointed, I found out that traditional medicine practice was all comers’ affairs. Some practitioners would claim that they were born with the skills.
“In medical line where I belong, you must go to school and obtain a certificate before you can practice. This is what we want to replicate in traditional medicine,” Ibezim said.