Traditional medicine practitioners back FG’s measures against Coronavirus

By Daniel Tyokua

Medicine Practitioners under the umbrella of National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) have commended the Federal Government for the measures put in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The association’s President Shaba Maikudi Sani, said the stay-at home order, stoppage of all international flights and land boarders would help to checkmate the cases of the disease.

Sani stated this after meeting with the association’s Board of Trustees members, headed by Alh. Dr. Adamu Shehu Bashiru with the executive members of the National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioner (NANTMP) in Abuja.

A statement issued by Dr. Godwin Nyitse, Senior Special Assistant (media) and publicity to the president of the association, said the leadership of the association is satisfied with the handling of the situation by the Buhari’s led administration, assuring that the president has the full backing of the medicine practitioners.

The practitioners also urged the government to collaborate with them in containing the pandemic nationwide.

“We have equally upgraded our Traditional Medicine Centre for Disease Control (TMCDC) and we have also setup a high-power research delegation made up of highly experienced traditional medicine practitioners with over 40 years of the Practice to carry out a well-coordinated research for the cure and eradication of the coronavirus in Nigeria.

Sani said; “I congratulated the Federal Government under the leadership of President Mohammadu Buhari, for what he has been doing so far about the regular information on the mysterious diseases. Nigeria needs a lot of education in this challenging period.”

The statement also explained that one of the experts in the traditional medicine practice, Alh. Dr. Adami Shehu Bashiru who is also the NANTMP Board of Trustee Chairman, advised government to consider palliative measures to all the MDAs, states and local government areas in the country, organisations and private business owners including traditional medicine practitioners to survive in the aftermath of CoviD-19.

Bashiru advised government to give loan guarantees to organisation and also offer financial incentives to them.

“We are looking for a way that the federal government will recognized our legitimate and registered members nationwide spread across the 36 states and FCT, and the 774 local government areas, in the area of capacity-building, workshop, and seminars to help enlighten them to step up research in order to join their counterparts in other parts of the world to find a lasting solution to the ravaging coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

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