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Natural Medicine Academy Opens in Port Harcourt

A school for the training of Natural Medicine practitioners has opened in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

It is called Anmark Natural Medicine Academy, a prime traditional and herbal medicine Institute.

Affiliated to the University of America College of Natural Health Sciences began lectures last Monday.

Director of the Academy, Dr. Mrs. Anastasia Akpebe who spoke to newsmen said she felt fulfilled and encouraged with the takeoff of the Institute and the calibre of traditional medical professionals who graced the event.

According to Dr. Akpebe, Anmark Natural Medicine Academy is established in Nigeria to broaden the knowledge of interested individuals on the values of traditional medical practice.

Akpebe stated that the academy is in the country to provide training and retraining of would be traditional physicians in the natural world, adding that the academy will help to groom specialists in various fields of traditional and natural medicine.

“Our affiliation with the University Of America College Of Natural Sciences makes us distinct and pivotal.  Many Universities and Institutes in Nigeria do not offer specialized courses in Natural and traditional medical practice. We have visited many Universities, Anmark will work with Universities in Nigeria to strengthen and deepen the study of traditional medicine in the country” Dr. Akpebe explained.

The Director who listed some of the courses offered at the academy to include, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Mammal Medicine, Diagnostic Methods Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Practices, noted the increasing interests of the Nigerian in the study of natural medicine.

She commended the support of the Nigerian government on the development of herbal and traditional medicine, citing the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Federal Government and Traditional Medicine Practitioners in the country which she maintained will encourage some Nigerian specialists abroad to bring their specialties and contribute to the advancement of natural health practice in the country.

Akpebe called for effective regulation of the traditional medical practice in the country and deplored the influx of quacks and unqualified persons in the profession, insisting that this has discouraged greater patronage of herbal medicine.

Chairman, Natural Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) Rivers State, HRH Eze Stanley Ogbu described the institute as the first of its kind in the state, adding that the institute will help to build capacities of practitioners in the natural field of nature.

“Natural medicine is God’s gift to man and here in Nigeria we will not abandon natural medicine,” he said.

 Eze Ogbu said the training of natural medicine practitioners will help create jobs in the country, adding the knowledge acquired from the institute will help to improve the health of Nigerians.

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