September 26, 2021

Plateau State Assembly Seeks Passage of Traditional Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Board Bill

Rifkatu Kyemut

A Bill known as the Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine, (TCAM) has passed through second reading in the floor of the Plateau State House of Assembly.

The bill sponsored by member representing Langtang North, Hon. Daniel Nanbol Listick and other co-sponsors seeks to provide a platform that will incorporate the rich traditional health culture into the existing health sector as practiced in other countries with the aim to expand coverage of essential health services that will go a long way to address patient’s needs.

The lawmaker observed that the bill if signed into law will enhance coordination, regulation and control of (TCAM) practice and its products in the state and among other issues will promote research, development and production of standard, safe, effective, efficient and quality traditional medicine.

He pointed out that the bill will reduce the use of foreign currency for the importation of unnecessary medicines and to promote the exportation of traditional medicines.

It will also provide jobs for our teeming youth in the areas of conservation, cultivation, harvesting of medicinal plants, distribution and marketing among many advantages.

Similarly, the bill for a law to eliminate violence in private and public life and prohibit all forms of violence including physical, sexual, psychological, domestic harmful traditional practices, discrimination against persons and to provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment of offenders and for other matters went through first reading.