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SAZ release 9 standards to regulate African medicine


Gwendoline Mugauri

The Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAAZ) has introduced 9 standards aimed at regulating the consumption of African Traditional medicine in Zimbabwe.

Health and Childcare ministry recently revealed that at least 80 percent of people in Zimbabwe, especially those living with HIV and AIDS use African traditional medicine. 

While presenting a report on traditional medicine, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health, secretary for the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Gerald Gwinji bemoaned the fact that a lot of traditional practitioners were unregistered.

Speaking in an interview with Capitalk News on the sidelines of the inaugural National Social Security Authority (NSSA) Occupational Health and Safety CEO’s Breakfast meeting held in the capital recently, SAAZ Director General Dr Eve Gadzikwa said:

“We are looking forward to the launch of 9 African Traditional Medicine standards which were released last week.

“These are 9 different standards which can be used by companies and the communities. This is because we realise people are consuming these traditional medicines but there is no guidance as to how to take these medicines. 

“These are not the conventional medicines but nevertheless, the community is taking them and they must take them in a manner that is safe. Most of these medicines are said to be complementing the normal foods that we eat.

“So these standards are important to the African community, we can’t run away from them.”

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