Ogun State Government has promised to train and license alternative medicine practitioners in the state so as to improve on their service delivery.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr, Tomi Coker, made the promise on Tuesday in Abeokuta when she received members of the newly-inaugurated state’s Alternative Medicine Board, led by its chairman, Balogun Nurudeen Olaleye.
She said that experiences at the peak of the COVID-19 infections in Nigeria had showed that the country needed to adopt a composite approach to healthcare delivery.
She added that orthodox and alternative medicine could play complementary roles in this regard.
The commissioner advised alternative medicine practitioners to leverage on research and documentation in order to improve on their global recognition.
Earlier, Olaleye gave the assurance that the board would make the state government proud through its service delivery.
He stressed that all stakeholders should strive to contribute to efforts improve on the state’s healthcare delivery system.
It would be recalled that Gov. Dapo Abiodun inaugurated the board in September.
The board has representatives of trado-medical practitioners drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state and officials of the Ministry of Health as members.
Others members of the board include officials of the state’s Hospitals Management Board and the Ministries of Agriculture, Youths and Sports and Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.