Saturday, 01 September 2018
The Federal Government has pledged to support research and create liaison with traditional healers with the knowledge of plants to develop, formulate and commercialise research findings into medicinal products.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said this on Friday in Abuja while addressing newsmen to mark this year’s African Traditional Medicine Day.
Ehanire noted that the theme, “Local Manufacturing of African Traditional Medicine Products in the African Region”, was apt.
He stressed that 25 to 45 per cent of pharmaceutical drugs in use today were derived from traditional medicine plants in different parts of the world.
According to him, indigenous people all over the world, including Africans, treat common diseases and ailments, using medicinal plants in their traditional practices.
He added that the African Region, like Asia and South America, was blessed with countless plant species, many with already known medicinal values, others with yet to be discovered medicinal properties.
“Over 50,000 species of such plants are in sub–Saharan Africa, of which it is believed 25 per cent were in use for centuries for treatment and disease prevention,’’ the minister said.
He quoted Prof. Maurice Iwu saying in a published handbook of African Medicinal Plants in February 2014, that about 2,000 plant species are presently used in indigenous African Medicines.
“Nigeria has over 8,000 species with potential benefits in ethno-medicine or ethno-pharmacy,” he said.
Ehanire said that the Federal Ministry of Health, agencies and stakeholders were studying modalities to give traditional medicine a place in the nation’s health system.
He noted that the 2018 commemoration urges utilisation of medicinal plants for finished products an opportunity for pharmaceutical companies, private investors, food and cosmetics companies to create a value chain.
The WHO Country Representative, Dr Alemu Wondimagegnehu, said that scaling up local manufacturing was key to contributing to achieving Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals.
Wondimagegnehu added that stronger public-private-partnerships would boost investments in local manufacturing of medicinal products and help to protect against financial risk by improving economic and social development.
He therefore called for stronger collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Health and traditional health practitioners to accelerate local manufacturing of traditional medicine products.
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President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines was on Friday criticised for sending a “very dangerous and distorted message’’ that women are raped because they are beautiful.

Duterte, who has been slammed for joking about rape in the past, was defending his claims that he had eradicated crime in his southern home city of Davao during a speech in the central province of Cebu.

“They said that Davao had many rape cases,’’ he said.

“For as long as there are many beautiful women there are plenty of rape cases as well’’.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the statement should not be taken seriously since Duterte was known to make jokes.

“I don’t think we should give too much weight on what the president says by way of a joke,” he said, adding that people outside of the northern region of Luzon usually have a “different sense of humour’’ and “don’t really take things as seriously.’’

Gabriela, a women’s rights group in the Philippines, warned the “the latest flamboyant display of misogyny’’ by Duterte places more Filipino women at risk of rape.

“President Duterte sends yet again a very dangerous and distorted message in his latest rape remark, that a woman’s beauty is a cause of rape,’’ the group said in a statement.

“A person who finds pleasure in the mass killings of innocent people and who finds humour in demeaning women and enabling rapists is not fit to be president,’’ the group said.

Source: WorldPressNews

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Lagos State Government has acquired a large land at Ojo for construction of a trailer park to tackle gridlock in Apapa and other areas caused by indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles.
The state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Ladi Lawanson, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the construction would ease traffic significantly.
“Recently, we got information that there is land available around Ojo.
“We found a land that can potentially be used to take some of these trucks off the roads; the logistics involved is being borne solely by the Lagos State Government,’’ Lawanson said.
He said that the government would soon begin construction of the trailer park to complement other efforts being put in place to ensure that trucks would be off the roads.
The official said that gridlock in Apapa had defied solutions for a long period because of lack of holding bays.
According to Lawanson, road and port infrastructure in the state are over-stretched because they have not been developed in commensurate with the growth of Lagos State population.
He told NAN that the Apapa ports took care of about two-thirds of daily cargoes in and out of Nigeria.
The commissioner said that construction of the truck park would be one of the ways of tackling the problem of overstretched infrastructure.
“Because of the importance of petroleum products to the nation, Lagos will continue to bear the brunt for the rest of Nigeria.
“That is why are calling on the Federal Government to give Lagos a special status,“ he said.
He, however, hailed the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, and the Minister of Transport, Chief Rotimi Amaechi, for efforts in tackling congestion in Apapa.
Lawanson said that the Lagos State Government would continue to partner with Federal Government agencies and other stakeholders to ease congestion in Apapa and other roads in Lagos.
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