Luena – The secretary to the Presidency of the Republic for Social Affairs, Rosa Pacavira, Friday in Luena, eastern Moxico province, said that an increased activity of traditional therapists in the country requires a massive growing and preservation of medicinal plants.
The official was speaking at the Regional Forum on National Policy on Natural Medicine and Complementary Practices, sponsored by the Civil Affairs Office of the Presidency of the Republic.
Rosa Pacavira suggested that plots of land should be allocated for cultivation of medicinal plants.
According to her, there are hundreds of species of medicinal plants and a listing of them is required to facilitate their application and administration.
She also called for scientific research so that the generations of therapists to come learn the names of the plants.
Rosa Pacavira announced that the Government will put in place mechanisms to train traditional therapists and midwives and set up centres in all provinces of the country.
To this end, she added, there is need for a partnership with the Health Ministry and other Government sectors.
The event is intended to gather contributions for the integration of natural medicine practices in the national health system in order to ensure efficacious, safe and quality health care.
It is being attended by representatives of the central Government in the sectors of Health, Education, Social Communication, Territory Administration, Public Administration, Employment and Social Security, Agriculture, Culture, Justice and Higher Education.