Traditional medicine on a path of industrialization in Cameroon

By Fonban Emmanuel

Hon Cavaye Yeguie Djibril
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Traditional Doctors from all dimensions on Thursday, 25 June 2020 were welcomed at the National Assembly on a special plenary session to educate the members of parliament on the role of endogenous medical solutions to natural care services.

The session was chaired by the speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril in the presence of house members, traditional doctors and representatives of government institutions. The session opened eyes of parliamentarians on ways to structure, codify support and improve traditional medicine in Cameroon.

The special plenary had presentations from Imam Modibbo Soudi, Dr. Peyou, Archbishop Samuel Kleda and representatives of the Ministries of Public Health and Scientific Research and Technological Innovation. Those who had presentations were bent on educating house members to understand the importance of traditional medicine which has very often been ignored.

During the presentations. Dr. Peyou Ndi Marlyse, a lecturer in the University of Yaounde at the faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences said the Cameroon government was spending billions every year to import medicine which a portion of it could be produced locally.

“I am advising the government to be able to export its own medicine. It is our duty to manufacture medicine in Cameroon to heal people and to sell. So, I am encouraging cooperation and equal collaboration so that we don’t only depend on imported medicine. How can all our medicine come from abroad? When they close boarders what do we do?” said Dr. Peyou Ndi Marylse.

She reiterated that Cameroon has the potentials to, not only buy imported medicine but to also produce its own traditional medicine to heal and export to other countries.

Archbishop Samuel Kleda was disappointed in his presentation that Cameroon neglects its traditional medicine and however recommended that programs could be done in Universities to handle traditional medicine.

Traditional Dr. Gidiun Peliegho who is a researcher in plant medicine shared his views about the special plenary. “If the Assembly has decided to work on valorizing and instituting African traditional medicine, I am delighted. My Master’s thesis was based on institutionalization of African traditional medicine and I did my research in the University of Dschang still on African traditional medicine and we can see from the recent pandemic that we have traditional medicine which treats patience for seven days” he said.

Dr Dewah of the Dewah and Bros during the session, said that each and every continent have their traditional medicine and they make use of it and we neglect ours.

The center of the purpose of the special plenary was fulfilled with recommendations which seeks to task parliamentarians to come out with laws to validate and promote traditional medicine.

Among the recommendations, it was ““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““““`proposed that traditional medicine should be instituted in schools so that practitioners could be trained.

A lot among the many recommendations is expected to come to reality with the commitments of members of parliament who are already showing seriousness.

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