The Herbs Sellers Association Of Nigeria has beckoned the attention of the Federal Government to ban street hawking of Agbo(herbs) in order for lives to be saved.
Speaking on the issue. The Financial secretary of Elewo Omo Herbs Sellers Association, Mrs Modinat ) Onike told News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) that the association identified unregistered herbs hawkers on the street as the major challenge facing traditional medical practice in the country. She also commented that the hawkers are in the habit of administering wrong dosage and usage to buyers.
We the registered and known Elewe -Omo herb sellers are more trained than the herbs hawkers; they are not supposed to hawk cooked herbs to sell, it is a wrong practice according to the practice.
“We don’t cook the ‘agbo’ (herbs), we rather give the raw herbs and roots to our clients with instructions on usage and preparation.
“We call on the Federal Government to step into this matter as soon as possible, and stop the practice of hawking cooked herbs to safe people’s lives, they have no knowledge of what they are selling,”
Also commenting on the issue of the Agbo street hawkers, the General Director of NNMDA, Dr Sam Etatuvie called for more youth awareness AMD education on the proper use of herbs and dosage.
We believe that the media can create awareness to educate and inform the public about the dangers associated with the manner of use of herbal medicine.
“This will go a long way to draw public attention to drug herbal interaction and reduce the rate of youths involvement in irrational use of herbal medicine.
As an agency under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, NNMDA’s mandate includes research, development, promotion, documentation and education on the practice, product and technologies of natural medicine in Nigeria, with a view to facilitating its integration into healthcare delivery system.
“This increase in the demand and availability of services of natural medicine has occasioned the developmental policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the health sector,”