Africa: Press Statement Issued By the Hon. Minister of Health, Alban Sumana Bagbin, On the Occasion of Africa Traditional Medicine Day

press release


31st August 2012 is Africa Traditional Medicine Day. The theme for marking the Day is “A Decade of Traditional Medicine Development: What Are the Impacts?” Ghana has since 1991 followed a consistent policy of developing aspects of traditional medicine that has the potential of contributing immensely to healthcare in the country.

The policy is backed by in-country needs as well as international health related policies such as the Alma Ata Declaration of 1978, the Ouagadougou Declaration on Primary Healthcare of 2001, at which community health seeking behaviors were to become key components in healthcare planning at the primary level. Traditional medicine constitutes some of the healthcare practices at the community level.

For the past decade, Ghana has made some modest gains in its quest to develop traditional medicine.

The Council for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine (CSRPM) was set up in 1975 and has since developed 35 well-researched products.

KNUST has since 2005 produced 150 BSc. Herbal Medicine graduates who are physicians’ Assistants with special knowledge in herbal medicine and designated as Medical Herbalists.

The government, in an effort to deploy this new cadre of healthcare providers under the supervision of physician specialists and senior medical doctors, has recruited thirty (30) of them and posted them to eighteen (18) government hospitals to begin pilot application of approved herbal medicine.

The rest of the registered Medical Herbalists, after internship and licensure examination, are being utilized in private clinics that are distinguishing themselves in a new quality healthcare niche. They will be properly designated in the future.

Eighty-six (86) herbal medicines have been selected out of the CSRPM-developed products and from about 147 herbal medicines approved by the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) for market authorization. The list is currently being reviewed in line with new safety standards issued by the FDB for upgrading the quality of herbal medicines.

Plans are underway to launch a large scale cultivation of the needed medicinal plant resources and set up large scale production.

The Ministry of health and the Ghana Health Service have developed Standard Guidelines for the establishment and operation of such pilot herbal units.

The Ministry of Health is aware of the efficacy of herbal medicines the potential dangers that can arise from misapplication or abuse of herbal medicines. For this reason, a strong code of ethics of “do-no-harm” has been instituted to prevent excesses and hazardous practices that characterized unregulated forms of practice in the past and nothing would be done to jeopardize the beliefs, rights, businesses and health of individuals or any group under the pilot projects in the hospitals. We implore all citizens, at their own will or when necessary, to call at the following hospitals for assessment check-up, counseling and education on what the new Herbal Medicine Unit stands for. The hospitals and their locations are as follows:

1. Greater Accra Region

LEKMA Hospital, Teshie

Police Hospital

2. Eastern Region

Eastern Regional Hospital

3. Volta Region

Ho Municipal Hospital

Volta Regional Hospital

4. Ashanti Region

Obuasi Municipal Hospital

Suntreso Government Hospital

Kumasi South Hospital

Tafo Government Hospital

5. Western Region

Tarkwa Municipal Hospital

6. Central Region

Cape Coast Metro Hospital

7. Northern Region

Tamale Central Hospital

Silage Government Hospital

8. Brong Ahafo

B/A Regional Hospital




Source: Govt. of Ghana


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