The Ghana Federation of Traditional Medicine Practitioners (GHAFTRAM) is advocating for a national referral system for traditional medicine practitioners and allopathic hospitals.
According to the Association's General Secretary, the current system needs to be unified in order to provide quality health care more smoothly.
Mr. Obiri pointed out that there is currently no defined reference mechanism, making it impossible for some institutions to refer patients to allopathic medical facilities.
“A institution like this (21st clinic) since they know a lot, they know how to write a referral to governments, and I know they have connections with them,” he explained.
Mr. Obiri recommended facility operators to register their employees with the Traditional Medicine Council so that they can participate in GHAFTRAM's training programs.
“They also work with the Food and Drug Administration to register all of their products,” says the company.
He urged the public to trust traditional medicine and guaranteed Ghanaians that they would have access to the greatest traditional medicine available.
GHAFTRAM also wants the government to extend support for Covid-19 to herbal clinics across the country.
Mr. Obiri added that the disease outbreak is wreaking havoc on the operations of their members' clinics.
He pleaded with the government to help traditional medicine practitioners because they give quality healthcare to a large portion of the population.
“The Ministry of Health has authorized traditional medicine practitioners as NHIS service providers, but our medicines have yet to be put to the list; therefore, we ask to the Ministry to do so in order to improve healthcare delivery in the country,” Nana Obiri said.
Daniel Opoku Agyemang, the Ahwia branch manager of 21st Clinic, observed that patients, who are largely the elderly, are unable to purchase medication for their illness due to a lack of funds.
The Effects of Covid-19
Nana Kwadwo Obiri, after inspecting the 21st Clinic, discovered that the COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Clinic's operations and urged the government to "expand COVID-19 interventions to traditional medicine practitioners."
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