The Association of Lady Pharmacists, ALPs, is set to implement “Project 19”, a programme aimed at cultivating viable medicinal plants for nutrition and economic benefits.
The National Chairman of the Association, Mrs Victoria Ukwu made this known in a chat with newsmen in Lagos, to disclose the association’s planned conference scheduled to take place in June.
She explained that plants identified in the six geo – political zones will be planted in carefully selected areas as farms and gardens to be harvested as raw materials for the production of herbal products, nutritional supplements and body care.
Mrs Ukwu who noted that Nigeria was blessed with medicinal plans said, those plants should not be left to waste.
“The project will be zonal, as we have some farms in Asaba and Ogun states where leaves and medicinal plants are already being planted, adding that the association is in partnership with the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development”.
A past National Chairman of ALPs, and a former member of Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board, Chief Yetunde Morohundiya, explained that, Nigerians having realized it’s importance have decided to work together to harness the benefits for the people and the development of the country.
Chief Yetunde stated that, there is a directorate for Traditional Medicines in the Federal Ministry of Health and that explains the reason for the cordiality.
“In Lagos State, there were two pharmacists on the board and together, the practice was standardized, bringing in a touch of orthodox for the safety of the patient”.
“Health workers, Traditional Medicine practitioners and Traditional Birth Attendants have been trained to know their limitations”.
The Chairman, Central Planning Committee, ALPs, Dr Monica Eumanfuje, added that since it’s inauguration 34 years ago, it has involved in enlightening the public on drugs and drugs related matters, advocating the establishment of drug rehabilitation centers as well as school debate and career talks.
“The key issue is drug abuse, misuse and it’s impact on the youths as well as enlightenment campaigns especially as they concern women and children”.