The Herbs Sellers Association of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to ban the practice of hawking ‘Agbo’, also known as ‘cooked herbs’, on the streets, to safe people’s lives.

Financial Secretary of ‘Elewe Omo Herbs Sellers Association of Nigeria’, Modinat Onike made the call while speaking on the sideline of a media roundtable in Lagos.

The Forum, which focused on the dangers associated with the use of herbal medicines, was organised by Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency, NNMDA. It also identified unregistered herbs hawkers on the streets as the major challenge facing traditional medical practice in the country.

According to Onike, unregistered hawkers of herbs are fond of administering wrong dosage and usage to innocent buyers who patronise them.

Earlier during the roundtable, the Director-General of NNMDA, Sam Etatuvie, called for more awareness and education on proper use of herbal medicines, to reduce the dangers of drug abuse, especially in youths. He said the forum was organised to create awareness and inform the public about the dangers associated with the use of herbal medicine.

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