Kamis, 10 Mei 2012


The Chief Executive Officer of Amen Scientific Hospital, Dr Sheikh Amen Bonsu, has been honoured by the Ministry of Health of Cote d’Ivoire for his immense contribution to the promotion of traditional medicine in Ghana and the sub-region.

The honorary awards ceremony saw in attendance the Deputy Minister of Health, Mr Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo; the Chief Imam, Sheikh Osumanu Nuhu Shaributu; representatives from the Ghana Federation of Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (GHAFTRAM), the Food and Drugs Board, the Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine (CSRPM) and the delegation from Cote d’Ivoire.

Mr Mettle-Nunoo in his remarks lauded the achievements of Dr  Bonsu and said Ghana was in the process of introducing traditional medicine practice in 17 hospitals across the country.
He said this was to help promote the basic principles and objectives of traditional medicine and help eliminate the quack ones from the system.

He also noted with keen interest the contribution of Islam to the development of medicine in Africa and called for more to be done to improve the standards of production.

The Cote d’Ivoire Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Bernard Ehui Kotoan, for his part called for the exploration of traditional medicine in Africa in order to find ways of effectively creating its awareness on the continent.

He also called for more support for traditional medicine practitioners and also to recognise and encourage  people who had performed well in the promotion of traditional medicine.

“As a country and continent we have to recognise and encourage people who have performed very well and it is with regard to this that we present this honorary award to Dr Bonsu, in order for him to continue to perform better,” he said.

A former Deputy Director of the CSRPM, Dr Osafo Mensah, mentioned the various roles traditional medicine has played in the healthcare delivery system in the country, adding that its potential had not been exhaustively examined.

 “Globally the World Health Organisation (WHO) had stated that about 80 per cent of the world’s population use herbal or traditional medicine and its practice was started by various ethnic groups in Africa with over 90 per cent of the drugs used in the hospitals today,” he explained.
For his part, Dr Amen Bonsu lauded the response to traditional medicine, saying “many people are choosing herbal medicine as their preferred choice of medical care”.

 He noted that the hospital — which has 14 branches operating nationwide and in Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Nigeria — was committed to and focused on sustaining and achieving its mission and vision in order to aid the rapid growth of the herbal traditional medicine.

 “Besides providing safe health delivery to our people, we are also contributing to the socio-economic growth of the country and the sub-region at large. This is due to the fact that we provide jobs for the teaming numbers of youth who graduate from institutions across the country,” he added.

He expressed appreciation for the efforts and contributions of the delegation from Cote d’Ivoire towards the growth and sustainability of the herbal industry and hoped to continue the collaboration to ensure the improvement of traditional medicine for socio-economic development.

Dr Bonsu also called on West African countries to improve their economies by cutting down importation and increasing exports for favourable balance of payment and trade.

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