In continuation of its advocacy exercise to different parts of the State, the officials of Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board (LSTMB), recently met some traditional medicine practitioners in the ancient town of Badagry to sensitise them about the activities of the Board and the need to standardise their operations in line with the law regulating traditional medicine in the State.
Speaking at the event held at the Badagry Townhall, the Chairman of LSTMB, Prof. Adebukunola Adefule-Ositelu, said the exercise was part of strategies designed by the leadership of the Board to enlighten practitioners in the hinterlands about the acceptable operational guidelines in traditional medicine.
The Chairman said the visit was also a way of bringing the services of the Board closer to its stakeholders, who are often discouraged to visit the office of LSTMB in Onikan on Lagos Island.
Prof. Adefule-Ositelu noted that the visit provided practitioners, who had not been licenced by the Board or were unable to renew their operating licenses, the opportunity of doing so in Badagry.
While pleading with traditional medicine practitioners in Badagry to ensure registration with LSTMB, the Chairman revealed that the Agency is in the process of reconstituting its Task Force to identify unregistered practitioners in Lagos State.
Her words: “We have observed that distance has been a barrier for some of our practitioners to access our services, especially to register or renew their registration; this is why we have decided to meet with the practitioners and assist in facilitating their registration and licensing in accordance with the law”.
“Although the Board is presently considering the establishment of offices in different parts of the State as a way of bringing the services of the Board closer to the practitioners, we will continue to tour every part of Lagos with the aim of capturing and sensitising all our practitioners”.
Recall that Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board had earlier paid a similar visit to traditional medicine practitioners in Ikorodu area of Lagos State at a gathering in the Palace of the Ayangbunren of Ikorodu, HRM Oba Kabiru Shotobi.