By Olusegun Haastrup
Nigeria’s economy will be enhanced if more is invested into indigenous traditional medicine, as they are cheaper an safer.
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Olorunimbe Mamora stated this when he paid a familiarization visit to the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency ,NNMDA, in Lagos.
According to the Minister, scientific research require adequate funding, hence the need for stakeholders to rally support for the Agency..
Dr. Mamora who applauded the achievements of the Agency, especially since the advent of Covid-19 called for more publicity for the various approved indigenous medicines.
“This is my first time here and I can see you have done well, I must say well done DG, and of course, everyone in the team. We will look for how we can increase your funding”
The Minister who urged for enhanced synergy between the Agency, and National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC., as well as other related organisation.
Earlier in a welcome address, Director General,Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency, Dr. Samuel Etatuvie who said the country has variety of medicinal plants, stated that the agency had in recent times produced indigenous supplements including anti-arthritis cream, anti-diabetes cream, anti-malaria tea, blood sugar regulators and mosquito repellant, many of which are now listed on NAFDAC register.
“When covid19 came, Nigeria was not producing hand sanitizers, we were the first to submit our work to the ministry” Etatuvie said
Dr Etatuvie who said indegenous medicine had been recognised has a viable alternative for orthodox medicine appealed for creation of traditional plant markets in the Nigeria, as seen in other countries of the world.
The Minister was taken round the facilities in the Agency’s office in Lagos, including the new labs and training centres.