Osun State government has promised to partner with traditional medicine practitioners operating in the state for the enhancement of health care delivery system of the people.
The state Commissioner for Health, Mrs Temitope Ilori, gave the assurance at the inauguration of the executive of the National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) held in Osogbo.
Ilori, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Primary Health Care in the ministry, Mr Samuel Bolarinwa said that the health care of the people in the state was paramount to the government, reiterating the determination of the government to provide adequate and qualitative health care to the citizenry.
While stressing the importance of the traditional medicine practitioners in the state, Ilori noted that the profession could be of assistance to the health care system.
She, however, charged members of the profession to be diligent and practise the profession in accordance with the exitsing laws.
The Commisisoner also advised them to be more united to enhance high standard.
She further charged them to practice the profession to save life and also improve on their research in the area of herbs to standardise health care system in the state and boost the state economy.
In his welcome address, the state Chairman, NANTMP, Dr Nasiru Olohunayo lauded the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola for given recognition to the traditionalists in the state, adding that the six-point integral action plan of the administration consist of programmes that would improve the living standard of the people.
Dr Olohunayo stressed that the traditional medicine practitioners could not be pushed aside, especially in Yoruba land, adding that they have crucial roles to play in the nation’s sector.
He, however, admonished the new executives to be honest and straightforward in discharging their duties.