The Director of Kwara State University's Institute of Natural Medicine (INM) Dr Nimat Idris has described the Institute as a research based establishment with an in – house analyst for quality control.
Dr. Idris made this claim at the 2 day training session organised by the Institute which was held at KWASU’s International Conference Center on the 18th and 19th of September 2019. The training was with the topic Apiculture (Honey Production) and Apitherapy.
The director who also doubles as the Medical Director of KWASU’s Medical Services noted that the Institute has partnership with laboratory analysts at the University of Ilorin, adding that through research and collaboration with other stake holders, the Institute has been able to formulate over 200 herbal products.
These products she described as remedies for the treatment and management of some health conditions. The health personnel listed some of the products to include anti – malarial herbal teas, anti-rabies, as well as detoxifiers.
She stressed that while medicine encompasses much more than orthodox medicine, the Minister of health recently called for renewed interest in natural medicine across the country in recognition of its potentials.
"You don’t need to be a medical practitioner to be involved in natural medicine. “Our mothers in those days were natural medicine practitioners, they used herbs and food in the kitchen like ‘ewedu’ to treat ailments”, Dr Idris said.
She further noted that the Institute organises trainings on natural medicine every 3 months for members of the public, staff, students, medical practitioners and interested individuals.
These trainings, she said has taught participants how to convert gifts of nature into money making ventures.
In his remarks the Acting Vice Chancellor of KWASU, Professor Sakah Mahmud, represented by the Director Institute of Professional Studies, Dr. Mubarak Sanni, pointed out that trainings organised by the Institute of Natural Medicine are in consonance with the mission of KWASU to promote entrepreneurial skills in its students.
The guest lecturer at the training, Dr. Yusuf Issa, also stressed the importance of acquiring entrepreneurial skills.
“We cannot all rely on white collar jobs, there are opportunities around us which we can harness to provide enviable sources of income”, Dr Issa said.
Bee keeping he added, is a versatile activity that can produce food as well as medicine considering the fact that local demand for honey and other bee products is currently higher than the supply.
Dr. Yusuf Issawho holds a Master of Science Degree (M.Sc) from the University of Ibadanis also a member of the American/German Apitherapy Society.