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THE Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPS) has given their support to promotion of alternative use of herbal medicines in  Nigeria, advocating cultivation of medicinal plants for health, nutrition and economic benefits. 

  The group made this known by the National Chairman, ALPS, Victoria Ukwu, while addressing journalists in Lagos, during the 15th biennial national conference of the association.   

 According to Ukwu, the cultivation of the medicinal plants was ongoing in the six geo-political zones to provide herbal products, raw materials, nutritional supplements and body care products.   “Our pet project, “Project 91,” is for the cultivation of economically viable medicinal plants for nutrition, health and economic benefits. Plants have been identified and allotted to each zone.

The emphasis now is on agriculture. Nigeria is blessed with medicinal plants. We can get all our governors’ wives, who are our patrons in various states to be involved in the planting of herbal,  vegetable gardens across the country. This will serve to empower the women as well as help to showcase our rich herbal resources.” Ukwu stated

 The Ppharmaceutical women group noted that orthodox medicines are sourced from plants, but most of them are not intentionally cultivated. They disclosed that what they were doing was intentional cultivation of specific plants identified to have potential.

  They disclosed that the best garlic in the world could be found in Nigeria, noting that the project could be a wealth spinner for the country.

  On her part, former National Chairman, ALPS, Yetunde Morohundiya said that there is a need for standardisation and they are out to change the narrative.

  “We are also partnering with National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD),” she stated, adding that the association was embarking on public education on drug and drug-related matters, which include, drug and substance abuse, misuse campaigns and advocacy.. 

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