A naturopathic medical expert, Dr Qazeem Olawale, has lauded the decision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to support the federal government to integrate traditional medicine into national healthcare.
He said the move was an encouragement for practitioners of traditional medicine as they had been recognised and honoured.
Olawale, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Olaking international holistic medicine company, Lagos State, said the support from the global apex health body showed that the international community agreed that nature cures.
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He added that the development would lead to medical doctors rallying around traditional medicine for integrative treatment for ailments as it has been happening in other countries where the practice of natural medicine has been more established and controlled.
According to him, promotion of traditional medicine should top the priority list of Nigeria’s government in order to save more lives.
He added that working with the concerned stakeholders in traditional medicine practice to form a synergy would create the needed catalyst for development.
Olawale said, “Any healthcare system that is yet to embrace traditional medicine as a mode of treatment is not only lagging behind, it is almost nonexistent because the very basis upon which living is formed, that is nature, has been neglected.
“Even as natural therapies continues to bask in the glory of its richness and wellness as an efficient cure system, this kind of support at this time in our country is needed so as to harness all the potentials we look forward to seeing in practice and learning of this healthcare system; which we believe will fight against incompetence and lack of best practice that ravages the traditional medicine”.