Ethiopia seeks to integrate traditional medicine into the health sector. It will be regulated.
September 30, 2019
Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health disclosed on Monday a five years’ traditional medicine research roadmap, reported state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).
It was unveiled in a ceremony in the capital Addis Ababa, which was attended by the minister for health, health professional and traditional medicine practitioners.
And the ministry has allocated 90 million Ethiopian Birr for the traditional medicine sector. And the roadmap will be implemented effective today.
Among the goals that government eye are to verify the effectiveness of traditional medicine and utilize them in modern medicine, according to the minister for health, Dr. Amir.
FBC also said that the existing traditional medicine policy will be revised, regulations and legislation will be enacted so as to reinforce the existing regulatory regime in the sector.
Inclusion of traditional medicine in the education system and training traditional medicine practitioners are also identified as relevant steps for the health sector.
The five year’s roadmap also emphasized on the importance of preserving indigenous traditional medicine knowledge and plants.
The government also intends to coordinate with the pharmaceutical industry so as to enable proven traditional medicines to enter the production process.
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