The Assistant Regulator for Traditional Medicine Practice Council (TMPC) under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Tony Montana, has called on government to introduce health policies that would seek to accredit all FDA registered and locally produced herbal medicines on the National Health Insurance Scheme, so as to increase their level of patronage in the country.
Practitioners of herbal medicine, if given this privilege, Mr. Tony Montana underlined, would encourage them to give off their best.
Speaking to this paper in an exclusive interview, Mr. Tony Montana, who doubles as the host of a popular Kumasi based radio programme called, “Apomuden Adwoso” on Sikka Fm 89.5 Mhz, challenged that herbal industry has reached the point where government is expected to ensure that the industry is face lifted through the introduction of effective and lasting polices, including financial support, capacity building programmes for practitioners, than always channeling hefty amount of tax payers money into the importation of orthodox medicines into the country.
Mr. Tony Montana, who indicated the foregoing as a waste of state funds, advised government to exercise much focus on herbal medicines and herbal clinics, so as to make them more attractive to the ordinary Ghanaian.
Still in his statement, Mr. Tony Montana, noted with passion that this would be another channel of revenue generation for the country.
The delay on the part of government in facilitating the abovementioned he noted, has caused a great harm to the herbal industry, adding that hitherto, there are scores of Ghanaians, who detest the consumption of herbal medicines, because they are still buried in the old notion that,
herbal medicines are fetish in nature.
Herbal medicines, Mr. Tony reechoed, has been the tradition and the natural way of treating all manner of diseases by our ancestors.
He described it as a great shame on the party of government, the high elevation and promotion given to imported orthodox medicines, when many herbal medicine producers, are struggling to make ends meet.
Mr. Tony Montana, noted that government has failed in its bid to ensure that the taste of Ghanaians, vis-à-vis the consumption of the local product in question, is deepened and has, therefore called on government to as a matter of urgency, introduce more policies to facilitate the abovementioned.
He again averred that, more health programmes on radio should be intensified by government to highlight the efficacy of herbal medicine.
“Apomuden Adwoso” , a radio programme hosted by Mr. Tony Montana every Sunday between the hours of 5:30pm and 7:00pm, seeks to promote the herbal industry in the country and educate listeners on the need for their patronage.