By Bisade Ojoye

“Traditional medicine is the way to go if truly we cherish total health for ourselves and the generality of the people of this country, declared by Chief Morayo Ogunyemi, Baasegun General of Nigeria Association of Medical Herbalists (NAMH)

The Baasegun General of Nigeria Association of Medical Herbalists, Ogun State chapter, Chief Morayo Ogunyemi has described the body as a decent, disciplined and resourceful people who would not tolerate or harbour deceitful people.

Chief Ogunyemi made this assertion in an interview during the monthly meeting of the association held in Sagamu, Remo Ogun State.

He stated that the body, formed in 1941 has been proffering cures and solutions to ailments and diseases through the use of herbs, shrubs and roots.

The frontline medical herbalist added that its membership which cut across Ogun state are always in conformity with rules and regulations of the state in its practices.

On the recent approval of the Board of Alternative medicine Practitioners, he commended the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration for the approval, expressing happiness that dream of their founding fathers and frontrunners in trado-medicine practice has become a reality during his leadership as the Baasegun General of Ogun State. He prayed alongside his members that God, in His infinite mercy should continue to guide and guard him.

Speaking on some of the challenges facing the association and practice of traditional herbal medicine, Chief Adegbesan Adelaja Ladejobi, Egbeji Isegun of Ogun State decried the stance and attitude of orthodox medical practitioners to them and their practices. He enjoined the Orthodox medical practitioners to see trado-medical practitioners as partners in progress who are ever ready to ensure better and healthy living for the people in the state in particular and Nigeria in general. ‘They should see themselves as partners in progress’, he stressed.

The Egbeji Ologun Oro of Ogun- state and ex-Police Officer, said the association had been having constant interactions and meetings with the Police so as to distinguish bona fide members from those fakes and untrained intruders with ulterior motives of duping or wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting general public or those who might be out to deliberately dent the image of the genuine practitioners.

On dosage and packaging, he declared vehemently that the herbal medicine practitioners had always had measurement. He stated that in those days of yore, they had different gauges, adding that they had even improved on it now since many of those materials used are no longer available or as a result of development, improvement in the medical initiatives and researchers just like that of Orthodox medicine practices

Chief Adelaja advised members of the association, especially the up coming ones not to engage in deceit and other forms of vices that could dent their image and that of the practitioners.

He emphasized that the traditional medicine assured total health for the people because according to him no orthodox Medical Practitioners can treat anyone being chased by masquerade or spiritual attack. Additionally, if a foetus is breached the Orthodox will perform caesarian operation to bring out the baby, but for us, by the knowledge bequeathed to us by our forbears, with the magnanimity and immeasurable power of God, we will command the baby to come out and so shall it be.

He said traditional medicine has treatment for cancerous ailments such as cancer of the breast, fibroid and so so many other diseases the Orthodox medical practitioners have declared incurable, adding that, in spite of development around the world, we still have effective herbs, shrubs and roots.

In her contribution, Chief (Mrs.) Morenike Mustapha said traditional medicine remained effective, adding that since she started practicing it over 30years ago, she had been treated a good number of people with different ailments and afflictions.

She opined there was hardly any ailments that traditional medicine could not treat from: goiters, hernia and other complex ones. She added that traditional medicine could be practiced by anyone whether Christians or Muslims because according to her, the plants and other things they use were created by God.

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