The Federal Government says it is currently working towards the review of the Nigeria Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the Traditional Medicine Policy.
The Minister of State for Health Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora disclosed this on Monday in commemoration of the 2021 African Traditional Medicine Day in Abuja.
Dr. Mamora said the government has inaugurated an expert committee for the development of protocols for evaluation of herbal medicinal products as a way of promoting research.
He also said they have in place an expert committee for the setting up of Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medicine Institute to serve for the training of professionals in this sector.
He said a data base of traditional medicine practitioners is being developed for ease of collaboration in research, development and promotion of traditional medicine.
The Minister said all these measures are aimed at strengthening the nations resources for delivery of quality, efficacious and safe traditional medicine products.
According to the Minister, the series of events in the world during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic calls for the need to look inwards and consider local production of medicines as necessary for national security and attainment of Universal Health Coverage.
He said the Federal Ministry of Health is working in collaboration with international organizations and relevant MDA’s to ensure the discovery of effective remedies against COVID-19 and other diseases from the rich and extensive flora of the country.
He further announced the availability of ten (10) Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) on African Traditional Medicine, developed by the Standards Organization of Nigeria.
He said the Standards are reference documents to be utilized by Traditional Medicine Practitioners, Researchers, Students, Manufacturers of herbal medicinal products etc.; aimed at providing safe, quality and efficacious traditional medicines for local consumption and export.