By Inusa Musah .
Speakers at the maiden public lecture on Alternative Medicine in Ghana have advocated for strong government legal backing for the use of natural medicine.
This, the speakers defended, would further assist the government and professionals to flush out quack alternative doctors, whose activities on radio and television have, over the years, misled the public who have resorted to the use of natural medicine for the treatment of ailments.
The lecture, held under the auspices of Dr Nyarkotey College of Holistic Medicine, was on the theme: ‘Practise, Legality, Economic Impact and Education’, and was hosted by the Ashaiman campus of the college.
Some innocent patients have either lost their monies or lives to some traditionalists, who have disguised themselves as alternative medicine doctors, and to the speakers at the lecture, more lives would be lost if the government relented on passing legislation to back the use of alternative medicine, which can increase the lifespan of Ghanaians.
Oheneba Ntim Barima, an Alternative Medicine campaigner on radio and television, and the main speaker at the lecture, making a strong case for natural medicine, explained that conventional medicines are harming the human body, thereby, killing patients faster.
“All the diseases our conventional doctors claim can only be managed, can be treated with natural medicine.
“In this field of Alternative Medicine treatment, I can challenge any conventional doctor to dare us that diseases like any form of cancer, fibroid, diabetes and whatever the disease is, cannot be treated with leaves, vegetables and fruits,” Oheneba said, as he stirred a healthy debate.
Citing examples from health books authored by western alternative doctors, he said there is no permanent treatment for cancers, diabetes and fibroid with conventional health treatment.
“These are medically proven facts, and natural medicine is strongly against any form of harsh medicines to the human body.
“Natural medicine practitioners are not after money from their clients, but their well-being, and ability to conquer any form of harsh diseases conventional health treatment has failed to cure,” Oheneba Ntim Barima said.
Like Israel and parts of Asia where natural medicine is prolonging the lifespan of the citizenry, Oheneba rounded his lecture with assuring words that “Ghana can conquer diseases with alternative medicine.”
The Dr Nyarkotey College of Holistic Medicine is run by one of Ghana’s renowned Alternative Medicine writers in the national dailies, including The Chronicle and Ghanaian Times.
The school, with accreditation from the Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Cyprus, is running a four-year programme in Naturopathic Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Bach Flower Remedy, Holistic Medicine, Clinical Nutrition and Homeopathic Medicine at its campuses in both Ashaiman and Tema.
Students who complete the programmes would be eligible to apply to join the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana (AMAG) and get registered as holistic medical practitioners by the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Practice Council (TMPC).
Taking his turn to explain these further, Dr Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the college, said with more Ghanaians enrolling in the programmes, the age of the country’s workforce would be prolonged, as there would more practitioners to educate the citizenry on better health lifestyles.
Also a Research Professor of Prostrate Cancer, Dr Nyarkotey corroborated Oheneba Ntim Barima’s lecture that any form of cancer or harsh disease could be cured with natural medicine.
In view of this, he said natural medicine practitioners are ready to offer better and quality health service to patients, who have been on some harsh conventional health treatment for some diseases conventional doctors have claimed could only be managed.
“We are not challenging conventional health practitioners, but all we are saying is that all the diseases they claim can only be managed, we, practitioners of alternative medicine, want to put it to them that natural medicines can conquer those ‘manageable’ diseases without any side effects to the patient,” Dr Nyarkotey Obu concluded.