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Herbal Medicine Practitioners need assistance

By gna

Mr Isaiah Kofi Boateng, an herbalist, has appealed to the government, non-governmental organizations and individuals to assist herbalists to enable them to offer more service to the people.

Mr Boateng, who is the Director of the Isaboaco Herbal Clinic at Kade, said herbal medical practitioners were playing a great role in health delivery.

Speaking at a press conference at Kade, he said a good percentage of the Ghanaian population sought help in times of sickness from herbalists.

Mr Boateng, who has been in the herbal business for the past 22 years, said herbs had been used to treat almost every disease, some of which orthodox medicine had so far not found the answer.

There was therefore the need for help to enable herbalists to perfect their skills in producing medicines that could even be exported.

He said there were lots of herbal drugs imported from countries such as China, Japan and India.

Mr Boateng said herbal preparations in those countries had reached advanced stages and Ghanaian herbalists could be helped to produce not only for home consumption but also for export since there was great export potential for herbal drugs.