27 June 2012

Angola: Govt to Discuss Draft Legislation On Traditional Medicine

Luanda — The Angolan Government and representatives of civil society will analyse the draft legislation on traditional medicine during a regional forum on "National Policy on Traditional Medicine and Complementary Practices", scheduled for 30 June in Luanda.

The information is contained in a press release by the Provincial Government of Luanda (GPL), that reached ANGOP.

The sources states that the legislation is aimed at integrating the practices of traditional medicine in national health system, in order to ensure efficient, safety and fairness health care to all people.

The document stresses that the government intends with this action, create legal and regulatory mechanisms necessary for the promotion of good practice of using traditional medicine, due to its wide use at the country level.

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

To achieve the national policy guidelines of Traditional Medicines and Complementary Practices, the government proposes the formulation of laws on the practice of traditional medicine and protection of property rights for traditional knowledge.

The report also spoke of creation of an "Angolan Society of Traditional Medicine and Complementary Practices," which will have the mission to coordinate the activities, encourage and elevate the traditional therapists and credibility.

The forum will gather experts from the provinces of Luanda, Bengo and Kwanza Sul, in the fields of health, culture, education, sciences and technology, agriculture, fisheries and environment, media, traditional midwives, herbalists, therapists, researchers and universities.

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