An advanced diploma course in native medicine has commenced at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State.
This was disclosed at a press conference in Awka by the Special Adviser to the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, on medicine and herbal practice, Dr Onyekachi Ibezim.
According to Ibezim, the development was part of the efforts of the state government to advance and harmonise herbal medical practice in the state.
Ibezim stated that the entry qualification for the advanced diploma course would be a first degree in any field of study, adding that the state government was working with two professors of pharmacy as technical advisers.
“ When I was appointed, I found out that traditional medicine practice was all comers’ affairs. Some practitioners would claim that they were born with the skills.
“In medical line where I belong, you must go to school and obtain a certificate before you can practice. This is what we want to replicate in traditional medicine,” he said.