Traditional Herbal Practitioners Association in Ghana has called on the government for a public Holiday to celebrate them for their immense support in the health industry since from time memory till now.
Speaking at their three days celebration of the 18th Traditional Medicine Week and the Commemoration of the 15th African Traditional Medicine Day held at Koforidua with the theme, Integration of the Traditional Medicine in Health Systems the journey so far, Dr. (Mrs.) Anastasia Yirenkyi Director for Alternative and Traditional Medicine at the Ministry of Health made the above statement.
According to her World Health Organization (WHO) has set aside a special date which is 31st August to celebrate herbal Practitioners worldwide.
She said the government should make this date a republic holiday in Ghana to celebrate Traditional Herbal Practitioners. “Herbal medicine has been our backbone since from the past even before the insurgent of the orthodox medicine. Our forefathers used it to cure diseases which produced a better result. The need has come to honor Practitioners who are using our local way in curing diseases so I called on the government to extremely considering in making 31st August a national republic holiday as every 1st December is set aside to celebrate farmers in the country to honor and celebrate we Traditional Herbal Practitioners.”
She further called on the government to help build factories for herbal Practitioners in the country to ease production and move internationally.
Deputy Eastern Regional Minister and a Member of Parliament for Upper Manye Krobo Hon. Joseph Tetteh said various governments over ten years have contributed in a diverse way to the development and integration of Traditional Medicine into the Ghana health system and this current government also seeks to continue such goal.
He made known that the overall policy direction in Ghana is to integrate Traditional Medicine into the national health delivery system through partnership with the private sector and the existing medical system to deliver quality care to the people.
He stated that healthcare in Ghana is generally near the top of the Sub-Saharan African ranking, but bottlenecks on delivery still remain. Moving on he said these range from drug shortage to antagonism by some orthodox medicine practitioners, cash and carry system, inadequate prior to the integration.
The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister called on both orthodox and herbal medicine practitioner to work in harmony devoid of any animosity.