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Bayelsa govt integrates traditional/alternative medicine in healthcare delivery


The Bayelsa State Government has incorporated the Traditional/Alternative Medicine Practitioners in the dispensation of health care delivery in the State.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Pabara Igwele, made this known while inaugurating the Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medical Unit (TCAM), the Technical Working Group (TWG), and the Regulatory Committee (RC) Teams on Monday,  at Yenagoa.

Igwele noted that it has become imperative for the state government to incorporate TCAM products, practices, and practitioners into the health sector to boost the administration of health care services in the State.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Oluwatoyin Azebi explained that the Technical Working Group and the Regulatory Committee would work to promote the safe and effective use of TCAM products and create effective modes of operation for TCAM practitioners in the State.

She expressed confidence that orthodox medical practice and traditional medic could function in a complementary manner, adding, for such synergy to be effective, the Ministry has already provided an office space made for the TCAM Unit at the Ministry of Health.

Speaking earlier, the Director of Public Health, Minister of Health, Dr. Jones Stow, expressed optimism that the incorporation of TCAM products and practices would bring something big and beneficial for the state; pointing out that it is the right platform for the state to expand on the products as it would improve the health of the state.

Dr. Stow used the medium to inform the public that an International Conference on alternative medicine would be held soon in Bayelsa and international bodies and individuals from across Nigeria would be invited to come and tap into the state’s wealth of medical practices.

Also speaking, the Director of Medical Services, Minister of Health, Dr. Ngowari M. Torunana, outlined the tasks of the Regulatory Committee and the Technical Working Group, which include providing a working template and monitoring of the activities of TCAM, among others.

The Chairperson, TCAM, and practitioners, Bayelsa State, Dr. Okeima Ruth Uzomah, thanked the First Lady of Bayelsa State, Dr. Gloria Diri, for the support and for ensuring that TCAM Bayelsa is inaugurated and promised that TCAM will immediately begin registration of all practicing members of Traditional Medicine in the State.

Members of the Technical Working Group, TCAM Unit include Director Medical Services and Chairman Technical Working Group TWG-TCAM Unit DR. Ngowari M. Torunana, Chairman Complementary and Alternative Medicine-CAM-Practitioners, and Bayelsa State Vice Chairman (1) TWG, TCAM Unit, DR. Okeima Ruth Uzomah, Chairman, State Traditional Medicine Practitioners and Vice Chairman (11) TWG, CHIEF (DR.) Joe Eden Job, Head/Desk Officer, TCAM Unit, Tarelah Idowu Prefa, Vice Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Father Joseph Opelema, among others.

And members of the TCAM Regulatory Committee include Director Medical Services, Ministry of Health and Chairman Regulatory Committee, DR. Ngowari M. Torunana, Vice Chairman, Regulatory Committee, Dr. Okeima Ruth Uzomah, Director Public Health, Ministry of Health, Dr. Jones Stow, Director Pharmaceutical Services, Pharm. Dr. Okun Alex, Acting Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Board, Mr. Christopher Ogbontuowei, Dr. Ebizimor Wodu, Dr. Amanda’s Maxwel Azibalua, Dr. Ejechi Henrietta Tarila O., Dr. Solomon Eder, Dr. Inebraye Sam Ogoro, Dr. Okpara Arieri, and Dr. Robert Uzu, Mrs. Dieyepriye Chiefson, Dr. Sunday Ikiouzigha Iti, Dr. Ifeanyi Obum, Dr. Bigila Luckson and Dr. Barr. Ebi Austin Ogionwo

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