Take Action against Impostors, LSTMB Urges Residents


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The Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board (LSTMB) has reissued its appeal to the public to report any instance of unethical behaviour on the part of traditional medicine practitioners in the state, adding that the agency will safeguard the identity of whistle-blowers.

This was recently revealed by the Board’s Registrar, Olorunkemi Kadiku, during an appearance on Radio Lagos 107.5FM’s “Je N Wi Temi” programme to better educate listeners on the agency’s efforts to standardise the activities of practitioners of traditional medicine in the state.

According to Kadiku, the cosmopolitan nature of Lagos and the enormous number of practitioners in various communities throughout Lagos State make it impossible for the agency’s officials to have up-to-date knowledge about some people who are practicing traditional medicine without the necessary education and certification.

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In order to take the appropriate action, he advised members of the public to report such impostors by calling the agency. He did this by revealing that the Board has a stringent code of conduct that all practitioners of traditional medicine in Lagos State must adhere to.

He said, “The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu through his representative, the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, unveiled this Code of Conduct last year during the Traditional Medicine Day for the use of all traditional medicine practitioners and the agency had even gone a step further to translate the code of conduct to indigenous Yoruba language for better understanding of our members.

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“My appeal to members of the public is that they must show interest in the way and manner in which traditional medicine practitioners within their neighbourhood carry out their activities, they should inquire from them if they are registered with LSMTB”.

The registrar also disclosed that the agency had further stepped up its enforcement efforts with the help of a monitoring taskforce to help it respond quickly to complaints from informants and to make sure that everyone in all corners of the state complies with the established rules and regulations governing the practice of traditional medicine in Lagos.

He emphasised that members of the public who are unable to visit the LSTMB office at 7, King George V road, directly across from Onikan General Hospital, can get in touch with the organisation by calling 08069158670 or by using its social media pages to ask questions or report suspicious activities involving traditional medicine in their communities.


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