The Federal University of Health Sciences (FUHS) at Otukpo in Benue has revealed that it will soon commence the research into traditional medicine with a view to processing herbs into orthodox drugs.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja, the university’s Pioneer Partner, Mr Ameh Oche, disclosed that the university would also introduce community medicine to tackle diseases affecting people at the community level, such as diarrhea and guinea worm.
He said, ”The university is going to delve into research of traditional medicine.
”I think this is about the first time this is coming on board, where researches will be done on traditional medicine and see the efficacy of it as it affects solution to ailment in Nigeria and countries abroad in a more scientific manner.
”This is purely a university of health sciences, which means, most of the health challenging issues affecting Nigeria in the area of heart surgery, spinal cord, will definitely be overcome.
”Especially, those challenges that take Nigerians abroad, brain surgery, open heart surgery, kidney surgery, and what Nigerians will look at as an impossible task would be made possible.’’
Oche added that the establishment of the university was timely as it would provide the indigenes of the state access to education, thereby producing medical professionals in the country. (NAN)