An alternative herbal medicine practioner and Chief Executive Officer of Manjada Herbal Centre at Gomoa Ekwamkrom in the Central Region, Dr. Umar Kwesi Kaitu has appealed to the government to reconsider laws governing the registration of herbal drugs in the country, saying the process is too cumbersome and financially demanding.
Dr. Umar Kaitu who’s Centre produces Manjada capsules for the treatment of prostate cancer disclosed that the cumbersome nature of the process of registration has forced most herbal medicine practitioners to practice in secret, a situation he said is not healthy for a country where over 75 percent of its people depend on alternative medicine for treatment.
Dr. Umar Kaitu who made the appeal in an interview with newsghana noted that majority of herbal medicine practitioners have drugs that have proven to be potent and efficacious, but stress that most of these practitioners cannot get their drugs registered because of the huge amounts demanded by the Food and Drugs Authority before one can get even one medicine registered.
He stress that most herbal medicine practitioners have had their products gone through efficacy and potency test at the Mampong Centre for Research into Plant Medicine, but these drugs have still not been registered because of the cumbersome nature of the registration process at the Food and Drugs Authority and the amount of money one has to pay before one can get a single drug registered.
According to him, that the cumbersome nature of the registration process has forced most herbal medicine practitioners practice in secret, and has therefore appealed to the government to have a second look at the laws governing the registration and relax it for more practitioners to have their drugs registered.
He said when this is done the nation can generate more foreign income as some of these drugs could be exported to other countries as done by China and India.
He later hinted that unlike orthodox medicine practitioners, herbal medicine practitioners do not go on strike, and they are the ones that patients fall on for treatment under such circumstance, and as such therefore there is the need for the government and the Food and Drugs Authority to reconsider their plight and relax laws governing the registration of their drugs.
By. Robert Ayanful