Tanzania touts use of traditional medicines to treat non-communicable diseases

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healing herbs on wooden table, herbal medicine
healing herbs on wooden table, herbal medicine

Tanzanian authorities on Thursday urged the country’s medical experts to research traditional medicines that will help fight and treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

James Mdoe, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, said traditional medicines have proved to play an important role in addressing NCDs.

Mdoe told the 3rd NCD Scientific Conference 2021 in the northern city of Arusha that serious scientific research on medicinal plants could result in making breakthroughs in discovering traditional medicines for curing NCDs such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma.

“It is very crucial to opt for local solutions in addressing our health challenges instead of waiting for foreign interventions,” he told the conference which brought together around 500 scientists under the theme featuring Multi-sectoral Engagement and Collaboration in addressing NCDs.

The official urged the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to incorporate traditional medicines in the country’s health system.

Vivian Thomas Wonanji, a senior official from the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, said NCDs accounted for 33 percent of all deaths in Tanzania. Enditem

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