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Commercialization of traditional medicine and Universal Health Coverage

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The main challenge remains the uncompleted effort to properly define what traditional medicine is, where it starts and stops, codifying the huge armamentorium of herbs / medicines, and how it relates to newer terminology like 'alternative medicine', 'complementary medicine' , 'herbal medicine / herbalists', 'Native doctor', etc, etc.

I recall a famous saying by a senior Nigerian medical orthodox doctor that 'you cannot compare omalanke (a popular hand push wooden goods carrying truck found across Nigeria) to space shuttle just because both are forms of transformation'! He did not mean to denigrade Traditional medicine or its practitioners / herbalists but was only spelling out the herculean task of integrating both, one based on scientific methods (orthodox) and the other not so (Traditional medicine / herbalist)

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Sunday, January 7, 2018
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Joseph Ana
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Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group: http://www.hifa.org/people/steering-group 
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