The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) says it will sponsor an anti-quackery bill that will give legal backing to the fight against quackery in the profession.
Osahon Enabulele, a medical doctor and the President of the association, said this on Friday in Abuja in an interview.
He said the NMA would work with other stakeholders to improve the quality of healthcare services.
Mr. Enabulele said that in the next one month the association would come up with programmes that would enable it to declare a “total war” on quackery.
“Part of the programme will be to sponsor an anti-quackery bill before the National Assembly in order to get legal backing for the fight against quackery.
Mr. Enabulele said the programme would also include the distribution of educative materials to the public to enlighten them on the hazards in patronising fake medical practitioners, and their rights to healthcare services.
“We need to re-orientate Nigerians on the danger of listening to herbal practitioners who claim to have cure to several illnesses, and people impersonating doctors.
“We have the responsibility to properly educate Nigerians and we are going to stand on their side by protecting their health rights.”
Mr. Elabulele said the NMA would also enlighten Nigerians on some of the activities of herbal practitioners that were offensive and dangerous to their health.
He also said that the association would collaborate with NAFDAC and other health organisations to create awareness on the need to have NAFDAC number on drugs.