CLINICAL GOVERNANCE - FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT CANCER 'CURE'ARE BECOMING TOO COMMON, LEADS TO AVOIDABLE DEATHS- Read On - Health Resource International West Africa (HRI)

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Friday, 7 July 2017

CLINICAL GOVERNANCE - FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT CANCER 'CURE'ARE BECOMING TOO COMMON, LEADS TO AVOIDABLE DEATHS- Read On


Dear All,
It is the wish of all Nigerians especially the medical practitioners to see the day when Nigeria stops exporting Medical tourism and starts treating most of its citizens within, including harnessing the enormous positive economic potential of our medicinal herbs,
shrubs, and forest content.  Because of our weak health system and very low health literacy, even amongst the rich and educated, our country refuses to invest in the development and innovation in health that most of the rest of the world are currently  pursuing. Rather people in high places from time to time play the ‘patriotic’ card to the peril of millions of sick Nigerians.
It is not patriotic to pretend that herbalists and so-called traditional medicine in Nigeria can treat such serious illnesses as cancer. Last week, we shared the Advertisement by people who wish to import unconfirmed medical  treatment of cancer to Nigeria, and do so without being  challenged as they  advertise false messages to ill-informed and desperate Nigerians who just want to receive care, if they cannot afford to travel overseas. Sadly, As far as we know we have not read that those Adverts have been taken down and the sources sanctioned!
Below, we share a tragic news item said to come from the Federal Ministry of Science & Technology. You wonder if those who are making all these claims for herbalists  will themselves patronize the herbalists  if they knew that they have such serious illnesses – like cancer of any type!.  Why do they confuse other Nigerians?.
We advocate that what the Ministry of Science and Technology should be doing is collaborating, funding and getting verifiable scientific evidence for the useful components of herbs, shrubs and forest trees in our country.  The ministry should be working with the herbalists, Ministry of Health, NIPRID, NIMR, Universities, other Research Institutes in the country to identify, extract and purify the potent agents in our indigenous herbs, then work with pharmaceutical companies in the country to produce drugs from the extract that NAFDAC and any other statutory agency that has the legal authority can license.  It is such drugs produced after due scientific diligence that Nigeria can, not only use locally in its health system, but also export to those countries that are accused of flooding our country with their imports. After all Artemisinin came from a common Chinese herb – it was put through globally accepted processes and today it is the first line drug for malaria that kills millions globally every year. There are many, many other examples even before Artemisinin.
For the avoidance of any doubt, we have nothing against our herbal  drugs except that we cannot stand the unsubstantiated claims being made. It is dangerous  because millions of unsuspecting Nigerians believe these wrong messages and subject themselves to the so-called ‘cure’ by herbalists and by the time they reach orthodox medicine it is too late to do anything meaningful for them and they die very painful and often preventable death!  And the same people blame orthodox medicine for failing to ‘cure’ advanced cancer that has spread because of delays in traditional herbalists offices.
We are fully aware that many of the medicines used in orthodox medicine come from roots and leaves and plants. But they are subjected to very rigorous scientific processes of research, development and manufacture, rigorous phased trials in animals and then humans before being licensed for general use as medicines. The Ministry of science and technology can and should work with the Ministry of Health of Nigeria to establish these long known processes to our rich plants and herbs. 

READ the story below that made us post this comment. Nigerians must be protected from unscientific pronouncements – Nigeria  should be investing in its medicinal development of its natural herbs, but must do so scientifically! =

·         July 6, 2017 PM News



‘  FG To Explore Herbal Medicine Exportation
July 6, 2017

The following non verifiable statements are dangerous because Nigerians will believe them coming from a Minister ( if he has been quoted rightly) -

‘ One of his patients, Nze Stephen Ibeneme, who said he had been battling with prostate cancer since 2008, said “I was healed within three days by Pa Giwa.” – prostate cancer cured in three days!!
‘ According to him (the Minister) , many diseases that appear incurable through orthodox medicine can be cured with herbal medicines ’ .
‘the minister, ‘ describing Giwa as herbal practitioner who distinguished himself in the area of prostate cancer and other ailments ’ .
‘the minister said, ‘ Pa Giwa, a 90-year-old traditional medicine practitioner specialises in the treatment of prostate cancer, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, rheumatism, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and other ailments using local herbs ’ .
Federal Government said plans were in the offing to develop Nigerian herbal medicines for export.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, made this known on Thursday at Adavieba community in Adavi Local Government of Kogi when he visited renowned traditional medicine practitioner, Pa Aliyu Giwa.
Onu said a situation where traditional medicine from Asian countries flooded Nigerian markets called for serious attention from government, saying there was need to look inward to develop local herbs for export.
He added that “we are tired of importing everything we need from outside;  the time has come for us to look inward and see how we can export our traditional medicines.”
According to him, many diseases that appear incurable through orthodox medicine can be cured with herbal medicines.
He said that he decided to visit Pa Giwa because of the respect the ministry had for him, describing Giwa as herbal practitioner who distinguished himself in the area of prostate cancer and other ailments.
The minister explained that the Federal Government would collaborate with Giwa through Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency to enable other Nigerians to benefit from his knowledge.
Onu said that the Federal Ministry of Health had agreed to be part of the effort, noting that the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPPRI) would be involved in the process of developing the medicines for use locally and abroad.
Pa Giwa, a 90-year-old traditional medicine practitioner specialises in the treatment of prostate cancer, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, rheumatism, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and other ailments using local herbs.
The minister said government would expand Giwa’s clinic by building for him a four-bedroom flat to enable him to accommodate more patients and also provide him with a vehicle to enhance mobility.
Giwa, while welcoming the minister and his entourage to his house, told his visitors that traditional medicine started from his grandfather who imparted the knowledge on his father who in turn transferred the knowledge to him.
He said he had treated many Nigerians from different parts of the country and expressed his readiness to continue to offer his services to people as long as God spared his life.
Giwa also thanked the minister for deciding to expand his clinic and give him a vehicle, saying the gestures would go a long way to assist him in his work.
One of his patients, Nze Stephen Ibeneme, who said he had been battling with prostate cancer since 2008, said “I was healed within three days by Pa Giwa.”
Ibeneme, a traditional ruler, appealed to Federal Government to assist Pa Giwa “so that other Nigerians can benefit from his traditional medicine.”
The Director-General of NIPPRI, Prof. Karniyusus Gammaniel, who represented the Federal Ministry of Health during the visit, said there was no conflict between traditional and orthodox medicine.
He expressed the readiness of Ministry of Health to partner with Ministry of Science and Technology to develop herbal medicine in line with the wish of Federal Government.
The science and technology minister also paid courtesy visit to Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr Ado Ibrahim and the Power Equipment Infrastructure Development Agency in Okene.
On the minister’s entourage were top government officials, including the Director-General of Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency, Mr Sam Etatuvie ’’
Joseph Ana.
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