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Health official: Over 60 percent of Tanzanians use herbs for treatment

MORE than 60 percent of Tanzanians use traditional medicines to treat different diseases before or after trying conventional medicines, a health ministry official has said.

Most of those Tanzanians get treated by traditional medicines against various diseases before or after seeking treatment in health centres or hospitals that provide modern healthcare services, Caroline Damian, director of Healthcare Services in the Ministry of Health, told a seminar in the capital, Dodoma, Thursday evening.

She said the main goal of the seminar was to ensure that the medicine made by the experts was improved through the stages of growing, harvesting, manufacturing, preserving until where it reaches the consumer without side effects.

According to Dr. Damiani, so far the Tanzanian Health Ministry, through the Traditional and Alternative Health Practice Council, has managed to register 73 types of traditional medicine out of which 20 had great positive results during the period of fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source
Halligan Agade/CGTN Africa

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