Lagos seals illegal traditional medicine facilities
The Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board has sealed the facilities of illegal tradomedical practitioners in Ikorodu area of the State in its quest to rid Lagos of unwholesome practices.
Speaking on the exercise, Mr. Kemi Kadiku, Director of LSTMB, stated that members of its Task Force acted on the information received from representatives in Ikorodu Local Government Area where the team discovered many fake and unregistered facilities.
According to him, “Our Task Force gang got reliable information from our men on ground at Ikorodu that many Traditional Medicine practitioners are operating illegally and unhindered in the community. When our team later went for inspection, we uncovered lots of noticeable infractions which led to the sealing of six facilities and their owners asked to report at the Board for regularisation”.
Kadiku also commended Prince Olusesi Mare, the supervisor of Ikorodu Task Force gang for doing a great surveillance job ahead of LSTMB’s visit which made the monitoring exercise easier.
He reiterated the determination of the Board to reposition traditional medicine practice in the State, advising all traditional healers to liaise with the Board in registering and regularising their practices according to laid down rules and regulation in the State.
A resident in the area who pleaded anonymity said it was a welcome development as most of the traditional medicine practitioners are very dirty and unhygienic.
“I commend you for this but to me this is just tip of the iceberg. The ones you need to seal also are the roadsides and community lane local gin sellers better known as paraga joint. These people are doing more harm to consumers. Countless people have lost their lives to them since it is now a trade everyone can engage without having herbal knowledge. During the military era, one dare not open such nonentity and nuisance business without been get punished for it. Clamp these paraga joint down before it turns everyone to drunkard.” He said.