Soludo Threatens Herbal Medicine Practitioners Colluding With Criminals, Insists On Biodata Base

Anambra State Government has insisted on going ahead with biodata registration of herbal practitioners in the state as a means of identifying genuine ones and quacks in the profession.
 Speaking to newsmen on the position of the Soludo administration in  Awka, Anambra State capital, yesterday,  the Managing Director of Indigenous Medicine and Herbal Practice Agency, Dr. Daniel Ejie disclosed that Governor Soludo insists on the mandatory registration in real-time considering the negative security reports that some bad elements have infiltrated the profession and use it as a cover to carry out kidnapping and other criminal enterprises.
He said the knowledge of the identities of members of the herbal profession will help Prof Chukwuma Soludo’s administration to know the bad elements who infiltrate the profession and use it as a platform to prepare protective charms for criminals.
Ejie noted that the essence of the database is in line with the vision of Governor S Soludo’s administration to provide a regulated and digitalized system to identify genuinely and quacks in the herbal practice saying November ending deadline remains sacrosanct.
He disclosed that the Agency has had to hold a meeting to bring different agitating bodies on board for harmony and focus on National Association of Traditional Medicine Practitioners  (NATMP), Igbo Traditional Associations, and Modern Traditional Association among others, to have one umbrella.
He pointed out that biodata registration is still ongoing urging members to pay into the State Government-designated account, even as he dismissed as baseless and frivolous, the allegation that the agency had earned about N200 million from the bio data exercise.          According to him, the exercise has not even generated up to one quarter of the purported he revealed that the exercise which is still ongoing has not even generated up to one-quarter of the amount being bandied.
He also said that the government approved the payment of N10,000 as well as N1000 for Membership and Identity Card per member, which, according to him, are paid promptly into government-designated banks, and received by the agency.                                        Ejie pointed out that the core mandate of the Agency covers capturing all herbal practitioners on the state government’s database, undertaking an inspection of the operations base of practitioners for easy identification, registration with the NAFDAC Number interfacing with members to identify challenges and assisting them.
He noted that members are those who use one root or herb to treat one illness or the other, adding the inspection of the operations base would help the Agency to know if the person is a herbal practitioner and fit and proper for registration to practice as a member or not.


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