Tanzanian health authorities said Monday that plans are underway to introduce traditional medicines in state-run referral hospitals.
The introduction of traditional medicines in the referral hospitals will begin as a pilot project, said Minister for Health Ummy Mwalimu.
Mwalimu said the government has started rendering traditional medicine services at Momela health center in Meru district in the Arusha region and at Maibong-Suki health center in the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam.
“Tanzania has been improving the use of traditional medicines in the treatment of various ailments since the country gained independence,” said the minister.
She said the government has created a policy on traditional medicines, adding that many state-run universities are conducting research on the efficacy of traditional medicines.
Mwalimu disclosed that the government was also constructing a plant for processing traditional medicines at Mabibo in Dar es Salaam.
She said the efficacy of traditional medicines was observed during the COVID-19 pandemic in which some of the medicines helped to reduce the severity of the viral disease.