Medical doctor calls for recognition of traditional medicines

Dr. Charity Sarpong, Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital, on Thursday called for the recognition of traditional medicines and other herbs with medicinal value as alternative cure for ailments.

Dr. Sarpong made the request when the Board of Directors and management of Aponche Memorial Herbal Clinic in Tema, called on officials of the Hospital to establish a partnership between the two health facilities, to promote health care delivery in the Tema Metropolis.

The partnership would ensure the referral of bone-related cases to the Clinic whereas cases beyond the capacity of Clinic needing the attention of a physician would also be referred to the Hospital.

Dr Sarpong lauded the Clinic for the initiative, and called on other herbal centres to collaborate with the Tema General Hospital to ensure quality health care delivery.

Mr. Kwasi Afriyie Badu, Board Chairman of the Clinic, said collaboration between the two health institutions would assist in improving health care delivery the country.

He said the Clinic, which has been accredited by the Traditional Medicine Practice Council of Ghana had been in sole proprietorship for over 40 years.

Mr. Afriyie said the Clinic needed professional advice hence the partnership with the hospital and added that “This will help change the face of health care delivery as the two health facilities will help promote health care in Tema and across the country”.

The herbal clinic established in the 1970s at Aboadze in the Western Region, specializes in the treatment of bone fractures, dislocation; injuries, using herbs in their natural forms.

The facility is also well-known for using herbal medicines for the curing of Malaria, Typhoid, Fever, sexual weakness, skin rashes and chronic ailments.

Source: GNA

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