Interested individuals now have chance to study native medicine as a course at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (formerly Anambra State) University, Anambra State.
This was revealed by the Special Adviser to the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Willie Obiano, on medicine and herbal practice, Dr. Onyekachi Ibezim, during a press conference in Awka, the state capital.
He explained that the University has commenced an advanced diploma course in native medicine but any interested person/student must possess minimum of a first degree in any field of study to be admitted for the course.
The Special Adviser noted that just as practitioners of western medicine are trained and certified, the government wants a situation where traditional medical practitioners are also trained and certified.
The Governor’s aide explained further that the need to harmonize and standardize studies and the profession of herbal medicine in the state was responsible for the development.
He added that he was working with two professors of pharmacy as technical advisers.
“When I was appointed, I found out that traditional medicine practice was all comers’ affairs. Some practitioners would claim that they were born with the skills.
“In medical line where I belong, you must go to school and obtain a certificate before you can practice. This is what we want to replicate in traditional medicine,” Ibezim said.