Ooni Hails FG For Approving Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine Governing Council
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, and renowned herbal medicine practitioners in the country have commended the federal government for the recent approval of the bill for the establishment of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Governing Council by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Oba Ogunwusi made the commendation during a public hearing in Abuja for the bill for an Act to provide for the establishment and Incorporation of the Federal College of Traditional Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) of Nigeria, and the bill for an Act to provide for prevention, control and management of sickle cell anemia.
The public hearing was organised by the Senate Committee on Health .
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The Ooni, who was represented by Professor of Medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Director of Pan African Foundation for Indigenous Medical Research and Development (PEFIMERD), Prof. Esimai Olapeju, said the establishment of TCAM Governing Council and provision of legal backing for the TCAM College will enhance and facilitate integration of orthodox medicine and TCAM towards ensuring good health and wellbeing of Nigerians.
Chairman of Nigeria-China Economic Community Relations and a member of TCAM College Committee, Prince Ishola Abiodun Olatunbosun, said the passage of the TCAM Governing Council Bill into law would boost direct foreign investment into Nigeria’s herbal medicine industry.
He said a group of Chinese investors are anxiously waiting for the take off of both TCAM Governing Council and College to enable them to fund various facets of the TCAM industry in the country.