Cultivation of medicinal plants could become a source of wealth for Nigeria – ALPs

The Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPs) has said that Project 91, one of its programs on the cultivation of medicinal plants, could become a source of wealth for the country, if it attracts encouraging financial support for its livelihood. . With the necessary support, ALPs said the project aims to achieve good health, nutrition and economic benefits, is expected to produce and boost the country’s economy, putting Nigeria on the world map alongside China and of India which currently dominate traditional and herbal medicine in the world. market. ALP National Chairperson Victoria Ukwu revealed that ALP would partner with the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to ensure that the end products of the culture would be standardized to meet modern pharmaceutical needs.

The ALP plan was unveiled at a press conference to announce the 15th Biennial National ALP Conference on the theme: “Pharmaceutical Value Chain for Optimum Utilization – Where are we now? The conference, to be held in Lagos State, will begin with a retreat at the Whispering Palms Resort, Badagry from June 5-8; and a public secondary school female student quiz competition at the Lagos Country Club on June 8. While the opening ceremony of the conference will take place on June 9; the Biennial General Assembly and Closing Dinner will also take place on June 10.

Explaining the rationale behind the cultivation of medicinal plants, Ukwu said, “Nigeria is blessed with medicinal plants; that’s why we are embarking on this project. She added: “It’s a zonal thing. We have gardens in Asaba and Ogun State where we cultivate plants with medicinal value. According to her, the ALPs are functional in 26 states of the federation including the territory of the federal capital. Ukwu said the ALPs have partnered with some first ladies in planting medicinal plants.

Last year we paid a courtesy visit to the First Lady of Benue State and asked her to provide the association with a garden in Benue State for ‘Project 91’. Speaking further, she said four first ladies are expected at the June conference. These include the First Ladies of Lagos, Ogun, Edo and Katsina States who will be asked by the ALPs to provide gardens for the cultivation of medicinal plants.

Former ALP National President, Chief Yetunde Morokundiya, said traditional and orthodox medicine practitioners are now working in collaboration to ensure effective healthcare delivery. They no longer practice haphazardly. Traditional medicine is now properly formulated and packaged in a measured form to ensure standardization, she pointed out. For her part, the chairwoman of the Central Planning Committee, Monica Hemben Eimunjeze, said that many orthodox medicines come from plants. “What we’re talking about is the intentional cultivation of specific plants.

Examples are hibiscus and bitter leaf plants which are grown with the intention of using them for production rather than just random existence. According to Eimunjeze, certain plants promote the conception of twin babies and certain plants have application for the management of sickle cell disease. “When you identify such plants and grow them for that purpose, that’s what Project 91 is all about,” she added.

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