Last Updated: 2012-06-28
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LUANDA, June 28 (NNN-ANGOP) -- Representatives of the Angolan government and civil society will discuss a draft legislation on traditional medicine during a regional forum on the "National Policy on Traditional Medicine and Complementary Practices" here on Saturday.

A press statement from the Provincial Government of Luanda said Wednesday that the proposed legislation was aimed at integrating the practices of traditional medicine in Angola's national healthcare system in order to ensure efficient, safe and fair healthcare to all.

The statement stressed that the government intended to create the legal and regulatory mechanisms needed for the promotion of good practices in traditional medicine, in view of its wide use throughout the country.

The legislation comes in response to concern shown by the World Health Organization (WHO) over the possible use of the wrong species, adulteration of medicinal products, uncontrolled dosage, among other practices.

In order to achieve the national policy guidelines on Traditional Medicines and Complementary Practices, the government has proposed the formulation of laws on the practice of traditional medicine and protection of property rights for traditional knowledge.

The statement said an Angolan Society of Traditional Medicine and Complementary Practices, would be set up to co-ordinate the activities of traditional medicine practitioners and encourage and elevate the practice and credibility.

The forum will bring together experts from the provinces of Luanda, Bengo and Kwanza Sul, in the fields of health, culture, education, science and technology, agriculture, fisheries and environment and the media, as well as traditional midwives, herbalists, therapists, researchers and universities academics. -- NNN-ANGOP