Health News Wed, 25 Jan 2012

Ghana-Burkina Faso deepens cooperation in herbal medicine practice

Kumasi, Jan. 24, GNA – A 10-member government delegation from Burkina-Faso has arrived in Ghana to explore ways of deepening cooperation between the two countries in the area of traditional medicine practice.

They included representatives from the health ministry, drug experts and herbal medicine practitioners.

The delegation on Monday visited the Amen Scientific Herbal Hospital at Atwima-Techiman, near Kumasi to acquaint themselves with the preparation, production and administration of herbal drugs for treatment of patients at the facility.

Mr Samuel Sawadogo, who is leading the group, said the visit was inspired by the efficacy and wonderful performance of herbal medicine in the treatment of various diseases by the herbal facility established in Ouagadougou by Sheikh Dr Amin Bonsu, Proprietor of the Amen Scientific Herbal Hospital.

He said the facility has become the preferred place of choice by many of their country-men and that they believed there was a lot they could learn Ghana to improve traditional medicine practice.

Mr Sawadogo said during their seven-day stay they would visit some herbal medicine laboratories, research and regulatory agencies and present a special award to Sheikh Dr Bonsu, at a ceremony in Accra.

The Director of the Burkinabe Food and Drugs Board, Dr Eloi Some, said his government recognized the important role traditional medicine played in the health care delivery system.

The Amen hospital in Ouagadougou had proved to be a leader in the use of herbal drugs and they were eager to learn more from their Ghanaian counterparts to promote best practices.

Dr Some praised the hospital for using laid down procedures and approved scientific procedures in the preparation of drugs which has made its products more hygienic.

Sheikh Dr Bonsu said the hospital was established in 1994 to use safe and effective traditional herbs to complement the effort by the government to make health care delivery accessible to the people.

He said herbal medicine had over the years proved to be effective in the treatment of various diseases and that explained its growing acceptability in international circles.

Sheikh Dr Bonsu stressed the need for Africans to rely more on the use of herbal medicine, saying it was important to cut down on imports.

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