The Lagos State Government has issued a stern warning to traditional medical practitioners in the state, stating that sanctions will be imposed if they fail to register their premises with the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board (LSTMB).
Babatunde Adele, the Registrar of LSTMB, made this announcement over the weekend. He directed all traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine practitioners to ensure the regularization of their registration by visiting the agency's Head office on or before Friday, February 6, 2024.
The Registrar emphasized that the directive for registration stems from the escalating and intolerable levels of quackery observed in the field of traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine.
According to him, “Pursuant to the desire of the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board(LSTMB) to have a comprehensive database of functional Traditional Medicine Practitioners, TMPs. and Complementary Alternative Medicine Practitioners, CAMPs, the governing board has approved the revision of the register of practitioners in Lagos State in accordance with the Health Sector Reform Laws of 2005.
“Any TMP or TCAIVI who fails to renew their license up to date shall have their names delisted from the Register in consonance with the provisions of the above Traditional medicine law”.
Adele also explained that in accordance with the extant laws, the re-enlistment/ reinstatement of practitioners would attract a penalty, while noting that illegal operators shall be heavily sanctioned, including sealing of the contravening facility among others.
The Registrar, therefore, advised all the practitioners to strictly adhere to the directives and further assured of continuous service to the people of the state.