…As Ghana Opens First Natural Medicine University
By Alex Boye
The first Natural Medicine University is expected to be opened in Ghana in the next few weeks to deal with the studies of natural medicine. The reason behind the establishment of the university, according to authorities, is to help boost the use of natural and alternative medicine. It also aims at educating the public on the essence of alternative medicine.
Speaking at the first public lecture on alternative medicine at Ashaiman over the weekend, President of the Nyarkotey College of Holistic Medicine, Dr. Raphael Obu Nyarkotey, stated that the reason behind the formation of the university was to help manage health challenges in the country.
He said there is a need for Ghanaians especially, government to pay much attention to alternative medicine to promote good health .
“There should be a directory for alternative medicines different from that of traditional medicine to help derive their significances” Dr. Nyarkotey suggested.
The college, Dr. Nyarkotey said has a simple mission to promote, propagate and research with evidence based natural medicines.
Dr. Nyarkotey who is also the national president of the alternative medical association of Ghana, said the college IS working with the Dalinche college of holistic medicine in Cyprus to help deliver .
He said the school currently has two campuses at Tema and Ashaiman, and said authorities are working thoroughly with the traditional medicine council to sort out all outstanding accreditations.
Dr. Nyarkotey who is also a research professor of prostate cancer and alternative medicine at Lanaca City in Cyprus said the college would run all professional programs in holistic medicine.
As part of accreditation, he said all students are to write professional qualifying examinations before registrations as holistic medical practitioners.
On her part, the Director of Traditional and Alternative Medicine Directorate at the Ministry of Health, Prof. Dr. Anastasia Yirenkyi, outlined government’s policies on traditional and alternative medicines.