The Kwara State House of Assembly has urged the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to be more alive to its statutory responsibility of regulating advertisements on traditional medicines on Broadcast Stations to safeguard the people from the adverse effects of alternative medicine in the state.
This is part of the Resolutions of the House, following a Motion on “the need for Government to Regulate Advertisement, Sale and Practice of Traditional Medicine in Kwara State” raised by member representing Ilorin Central Constituency, Mr Abubakar Olawoyin Mogaji.
Reading the resolutions to the House, the Speaker, Engineer Yakubu Danladi Salihu, explained that though traditional medicine had its benefits and disadvantages, stressing the collapse of the health sector, poverty and ignorance had increased it’s patronage.
The House also urged the state Governor to direct the State Ministry of Health to designate a centre or camp for traditional medicine practitioners to practice in the state so as to enable government monitor their activities.
The Legislature equally charged its Committee on Health and Environment to liaise with the State Ministry of Health to live up to its expectation in regulating drugs and medicine in the state to safeguard lives of the citizens.
It also called on the Association of Traditional Medical Practitioners to call their members who engage in mobile advertisements thereby constituting nuisance in the society to order.
Mr Magaji had while raising the motion expressed concern over lack of standard dosage in the administration of drugs produced by the practitioners which according to him, had complicated health issue of many people who patronise them.
Other members who spoke on the issue, identified non enforcement of the existing laws to regulate its practices, exaggeration of the potency of the drugs, inaccessibility to quality healthcare delivery, high cost of orthodox drugs as factors that boost the popularity of traditional medicines.