jammehTraditional medicine has a long history in Africa. It is administered by well trained experts who learnt the skills and knowledge from family members or herbal masters.

Sadly, the mercurial Gambian head of state, the accident which is now a national tragedy and embarrassment, is the official custodian of all herbal medicine men in our region. The curer of every known incurable ailments prided over traditional medicine day on January 17th. Arise President bori bori (bori means medicine).

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‘President Jammeh played host to the national traditional medicine day celebrations in his home village of Kanilai under the theme ‘promotion and development of traditional alternative medicine to enhance quality health service’.

This information was disclosed to journalists yesterday by Modou Njie, director of health promotion under the Ministry of Health during a press briefing  held at their  offices in Kotu.

The use of traditional medicine, he postulated, had been on the wane until the establishment of the president’s alternative treatment which has increased its popularity.

“We need to promote traditional medicines and currently the ministry has incorporated traditional healers into our systems. During the launching, there would be exhibition of traditional medicinal products, drama,  recitation of poems and a  march- pass. The launching would also serve as a platform for discussion on the importance of traditional medicine in mainstream conventional health system.”

Buba Darboe, also from the health promotion unit spoke of the importance of traditional medicine, saying, ‘ it is not something new to Gambians’.

He added that his office together with their line ministry would work in closer alignment with traditional healers for effective utilisation of traditional medicines in The Gambia. The ministry of health, he declared, values the role traditional healers play in the health delivery system of the country.’

Source: Standard news


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