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05.01.2006 General News

FDB warns against unlicensed traditional medicine

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Accra, Jan. 5, GNA - The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) on Thursday called for the collaborative effort of the general public to prevent the sale and consumption of uncertified traditional medicines. This was in line with the promotion of the Board's consumer activism to boycott the sale and consumption of unlicensed traditional medicines.

Mr Ben Botwe, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Drugs Division of the Board, was speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on the sale of traditional medicine at unauthorized places such as in commercial vehicles, lorry parks and markets.

He said although the Board was playing its product regulatory role, self-regulation from traditional medicine practitioners was needed to control the activities of its members.

"The Board is working to bring on board some law enforcing agencies such as the Police, the local assemblies, Parliamentary Select Committees, and other health institutions to monitor and control the activities of these practitioners", he said.

He said the Board would also intensify its educational programmes through workshops, documentaries, brochures and other programmes to increase awareness for consumer protection.

Mr Botwe called on the civil society, especially the media to help to educate the people and to harness Government's effort to ensure consumer safety. 05 Jan 06