Members of the Ghanaian public have been advised to be wary of buying medicines that are advertised to cure multiple or all ailments.
The executive director for Center for Plant Medicine Research (CPMR), Prof. Augustine Ocloo, has warned Ghanaians against buying medicines whose advertises purport that those medications cure any and all ailments members of the public may be suffering.
Prof Ocloo, according to a Myjoyonline.com report was emphatic that regulator Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) would not normally endorse any such "cure all" medicines.
Herbal concoctions advertised as medicines are the prime suspects as self-styled herbalists promote what they say is the same potency to heal different diseases.
Herbal medicine is often knowledge which is inherited, and generally passed down through the generations via oral tradition and is also used by spiritual healers.
Medical herbalists are supposed to be certified professionals trained over a period of six years including four at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
But with the ratio of traditional healers to modern doctors put at 30:1, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), several more Ghanaians are exposed to untested drugs.
Prof. Ocloo warned consumers not to patronise plant parts roots, stems or leaves sold on the streets by traditional medicine practitioners.
Meanwhile, founder and leader of Royal Reign Chapel International, Reverend Fiifi Ankomah, has issued a warning with dire consequences for members of the public who indulge in open defecation, as part of the church's campaign against the problem.
The Christian preacher believes that individuals who indulge or allow open defecation are sinning against God and might face his wrath come the point of judgement as Christians believe.
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Source: Yen Ghana