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Lagos Herbalists ask Governor Fashola to Build Hospitals for Traditional Medicine



HerbsHerbalists in Lagos want Governor Babatunde Fashola to support their craft by establishing institutions.

Yesterday Tuesday 4th February 2014, the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Medical Herbal Practitioners, called on the Lagos state government to allocate lands to the union.

The union will like the government to build general hospitals and maternity centers across the state for the practice of traditional medicine. Vanguard reports.

The union with two million plus members, appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola to accept their request as “a parting gift and lasting legacy” for the promotion of herbal medicine practice to compliment orthodox medical practice in Lagos.

Leaders of the unions informed that the hospital and maternity centres will create a forum for the government to monitor their practice as well as confirm the power of their practice and regulate them effectively.


  1. dior

    February 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm


  2. MOI MOI

    February 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    build it yourself and stop relying on the government for everything

    • I no send

      February 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      LOL, but the suggestion is a good idea because this field of expertise can now be safely regulated and hopefully a tax system is effectively imposed too. However, being brought up Christian, I don’t think I’ll be able to worship any other gods o but good idea nonetheless and hopefully the Honorable Governor considers it. PS: Eniola Badmus na craze geh 🙂

    • whocares

      February 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I don’t think they mean herbalist in the movie situation.. Wouldn’t it be like a “yemkem” type of thing? The picture above is misleading, and I think the practice would be using herbs to cure illnesses as opposed to western medicines? That is what I got from this, and I think it is a good idea. The reasons you have given regarding regulation, as well as government support for building hospitals etc. I think it is worth trying.

    • Iris

      February 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      I support this comment. The hospitals already in place aren’t even being maintained. Who will now be paying extra salaries and providing resources for research in all these new buildings? Before we know it now, they too will go on strike.

    • I no send

      February 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Oh, thanks for the clarification…but the idea of taking those things irks and scares me at the same time lol. However, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good idea. Thanks for changing the pic BN

  3. *gbemi*

    February 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    lol…meaning he’ll also provide stuff like “goats,frog eyes,palm wine,lion head,plam oil” etc. Can’t stop laffing

  4. nomad

    February 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    y’all stay ignorant and keep watching Africa Magic for false insights into your heritage. Who the hell says that herbal medicine requires worshipping someone?

    There is MUCH that is great about traditional herbal medicine. Where do you think the first cures for malaria came from? Newsflash, the bark of a tree.

    When I have a sore throat, my first form of attack is the ginger and honey tea my grandmother made for my mother and she passed down to me. That’s pure herbal medicine there that works far better than lozenges with artificial sweeteners. Orthodox medicine will always have its place but holistic herbal care is incredible and should be supported

  5. Ibinabo

    February 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    The picture contradicts the message. I think the “Herbalists” here, are to use their knowledge of plant medicines and their therapeutic applications to promote health and relieve illness and not the other way…

  6. NIRA

    February 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    People should not mistake herbalists for voodoo practitioners o!! There’s great power in herbs, and herbal medicine doesn’t involve sacrifices and rituals. It’s just the use of local herbs to treat different ailments. Oyibo ppl call it ‘alternative medicine’, and so many ppl are towing that line for relief from different sicknesses, but here we term our herbalists ‘ritualists’!!

  7. Modupe

    February 5, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    But BN the picture you put above is very misleading, that is a picture of jazz and occult practice not herbalists, which involves the use of plants and herbs.


    February 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I no send it’s not the way you see it. Disregard the post title and the picture. The advantage of doing this is that at least it would be regulated. I’ve seen very educated people go for herbal medicine/Agbo as opposed to normal modern medicine. Personally anytime I’m offered Agbo for an illness my mind automatically goes to Akin The Drummer Boy. Who read that book? Shey he went blind as a result of bad agbo or something? ….. Well, there are people who say they’ve never been treated in hospitals and rely solely on herbs.
    Good luck to the association, never knew it existed.

  9. Turi

    February 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Guess BN didnt understand as well. A picture sure speaks a thousand words oh! i would have felt they meant occult ways.

  10. A

    February 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I think they may be on to something here. These traditional methods were used long before we had hospitals and i believe that they have their place in society, provided they are properly regulated.
    However, given that we still lack adequate hospitals for ‘conventional’ medicine, i’m not sure that their requests will be given much importance/urgency. They should band together to create a private practice and take it from there.

  11. seki

    February 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I think this is highly brilliant if executed properly with guidelines and procedures. We can establish some type of traditional medicine research. I can see this going very weel. And with the new craze for all things natural this can really put Nigeria on the map medically.

  12. Fatimah

    February 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    The way he built Eye Foundation, Eko Hospital, Reddington and co abi? They need regulation not a separate hospital.

    Is there anything in the existing hospital structures that would modify the way their potion works? These people need to get their shit together, package themselves decently instead of looking for more ways to segregate themselves from mainstream medicine.

    What exposed, well-heeled individual would want to be caught with any of their products. From the name to the package to the brand, error! kini kan kini kan pokipoki, xxxx5000 etc and Obesere (#1 brand ambassador), Baba Ijesha will prancing about sweating and shirtless in their ad.

    No detailed, accessible research work, no journals, publications, seminars, nothing! The whole sector is too unorganised, informal for a serious issue as health. Where do they train? No recognised instiution, they still learn via apprenticeship like road side/local artisans.

    Hospital is not even part of their problems.

  13. NNENNE

    February 6, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Great idea. The government will then set standards for them and research what they do.
    An alternative to western medicine is not a bad idea.

  14. NNENNE

    February 6, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Great idea. The government will then set standards for them and research what they do.
    An alternative to western medicine is not a bad idea.

  15. lyn

    February 14, 2014 at 4:58 am

    This is a great idea

  16. Bella

    July 29, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Amazing how much we deingrate our heritage and yet find it easy to borrow from everyother culture. I live in an asian country where you can find chinese/local asian pharmacy and clinics. An example i can share is that for colds and coughs, i now only use a chinese herbal remedy that works like a charm without the side effects of most flu medication. It’s high time we start to appreciate what we are blessed with and to refine / export them as well.
    And BTW most western medicines are chemical components distilled from plants and herbs. Let’s not act so ignorant.

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