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Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Cameroon joined the rest of Africa last week to celebrate the 16th edition of the African Day of Traditional Medicine.

Under the chairmanship of André Mama Fouda, Minister of Public Health, this six-day event resulted in a fair-show of products from the traditional pharmacopoeia. The conference held last Friday at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of Yaounde I served as a framework for an exchange between tradi-practitioners, doctors, teachers and researchers on the issues of this sector of activity that is slow to organize.

Under the theme: "Local manufacture of medical products from the traditional pharmacopoeia in the African region", this 16th edition had as main innovation the ongoing codification of traditional Cameroonian medicine.

For André Mama Fouda, with all the advances of this sector, it will be a question of multiplying the efforts through notably the coordination, the organization and the planning. "We must do everything possible to make traditional treatments better conditioned.

We are pleased today that formally, there are already five products that are in our pharmacies and nearly twenty that are in a very advanced stage of development in our laboratories. Welcomed the Minister of Public Health.

To date, Cameroon is the only country in the sub-region with a traditional medicine research institute that has integrated certain products into public health care programs. It also has a Department of Traditional Medicine within the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.