First Symposium of Traditional Medicine in Bata

A meeting was held between the Equatorial Guinea Association of Traditional Medicine (ASOMETRAGE) and scientific doctors from Bata. The chairman of CICTE, Anacleto Olo Mibuy, chaired the inauguration of the traditional medicine symposium sponsored by the National Bank of Equatorial Guinea (BANGE), which was organised by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Equatorial Guinea (CICTE).

The initiative by the CICTE on the symposium hopes to emphasise the knowledge of traditional medicines in relation to the plants and illnesses they cure, as it is believed that 80% of the population use traditional medicine.

The chairman of the CICTE, Anacleto Olo Mibuy, pointed out that the situation of traditional medicine is somehow not regulated in many aspects, and cannot exist without taking scientific-based discoveries into account, specifically the healers who are supposedly experts in varieties of plants, so this knowledge has to be passed on and based on scientific evidence.

Other methods that the CICTE demand are the hygiene of traditional medicine, that there are ten specialised healers, and as a research institute, the CICTE want to create a national school to practise in these medicines so that conventional doctors more or less assist the healers in the identificaion and classification of medicinal plants.

The symposium was attended by the Government Delegate of Bata, Antonio Nsue Ondo, the Director General of Human Sciences, Museums, Archaeology and Oral Traditions by the CICTE, Jose MaAana Nve, the Secretary General, Andres Ikuka Fernandez, and the chairlady of traditional medicine and traditional doctors.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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