The Anambra State Government has declared a prohibition on any form of public advertising for herbal medicines within the state. This decision was revealed through a statement by Sir Paul Nwosu, the Commissioner for Information, on Saturday. Nwosu also specified that all promotions concerning herbal drugs must first gain approval from the Governor’s Special Adviser on Herbal Medicine and Pharmaceuticals prior to being displayed in public spaces or media platforms.
The categories of herbal medicines covered by this directive include products derived from plants and botanicals, utilized for disease treatment or health maintenance.
This move aims to oversee and manage the use of herbal substances, which has been growing among the state’s residents. Prior to this restriction, Anambra had been known for widespread advertisements of herbal remedies in locations like motor parks; a trend that led many locals to rely on herbal medicine (“Agbo”) for various health issues.
Unfortunately, the uncontrolled use of such remedies has been linked to an increase in conditions like kidney failure in the state.
“The ban on open advertisement of all forms of herbal medicines in the state is to contain the excesses and the indiscriminate use of herbal concoctions among the people,” the statement added.
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