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Traditional medicine practitioners urged to register


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Tinkong (E/R), July
22, GNA – Traditional medicine practitioners have been urged to register and
renew their licenses to ensure lawful operations of their businesses.

They must also uphold
standards to help build confidence in their careers and ensure respect and
acceptance on the international market.

Mallam Kofi Sumaila, a
member of the Traditional Medicine Practice Council, under the Minis

Tinkong (E/R), July
22, GNA – Traditional medicine practitioners have been urged to register and
renew their licenses to ensure lawful operations of their businesses.

They must also uphold
standards to help build confidence in their careers and ensure respect and
acceptance on the international market.

Mallam Kofi Sumaila, a
member of the Traditional Medicine Practice Council, under the Ministry of
Health (MOH), said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Tinkong
in the Akuapem North Municipality.

He noted that
standards were critical to promote the health and safety of their clients as
well as preserve the environment.

In response to queries
that his herbal centre was operating without license, Mallam Sumaila pulled out
documents showing that the centre has been licensed as an Alternative
Healthcare Facility/Premises, in compliance with the Traditional Medicine
Practice Act 2000 (Act 575).

The documents show the
centre has also been registered with the Registrar General’s Department with a
certificate to commence business.   

Mallam Sumaila said
the activities of traditional medicine practitioners were prone to inspections
and enforcement by statutory regulatory agencies under the MOH, mandated to
supervise the affairs of wellness centres.

He said, in line with
this, he ensured that he maintained high levels of standards in order not to
fall foul of the law. 

“Our product must
undergo rigorous scientific analysis and endorsed by the Food and Drugs
Authority as food supplements approved for sale to the general public”.

The 78-year-old
traditional healer said if all the stakeholders abided by the ethics of the
Traditional Medicine Practice Council the wrong perception about their herbal
centres would change.

Mallam Sumaila tasked
traditional healers to endeavour to use their profession to accelerate change
and development and be role models who could inculcate moral values into their
clients.

GNA


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