By Our Correspondent
The Plateau State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nimkong Lar Ndam has assured members of the National Association of Traditional Medicine Practitioners, Plateau State Chapter of his total support to crackdown on quacks who go about parading themselves and are not registered members of the association.
Dr. Ndam stated this when members of the association paid him a courtesy/solidarity visit in his office, where he also assured them of a harmonious working relationship to sanitize the health sector in order to save lives from the hands of some so-called quacks who go about risking the lives of citizens.
He further stated that as soon as the bill for their operations has been passed into law by the Plateau State House of Assembly, they would embark on a joined patrol all over the seventeen local government areas which would include the police, Civil Defence and other security arms in the state.
Chairman of the Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association, Plateau State Chapter, Dr. Benjamin Zuriya Gushu disclosed that the essence of the visit was to identify with the commissioner and to simultaneously congratulate him on his recent appointment as the new Commissioner of Health in the state.
Dr. Gushu promised to give the commissioner all the necessary backup and cooperation in order for both of them to succeed in the noble cause of the provision of good health care services in the state and environs.
He said they were also in the commissioner’s office to introduce to him the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the Association, Chief Luka Peter Doka who was recently elected by the Northern leaders, adding that he is currently the Ngolong Ngwangang Ngas.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Doka assured of a good working relationship at all times to move the health sector to greater heights, both in the local, state and federal levels to avoid the issue of quackery.
In a related development, the Association in Bassa Local Government Chapter has elected new officials to run its affairs in order to ascertain sanity in the association.
The newly elected officials are, Dr. Umaru Sabo as Chairman, Henry James, Deputy Chairman, Joseph Zamani as Secretary.
The position of Chairlady went to Elizabeth Joseph, who is to also serve as Woman Leader, while the position of Public Relations Officer went to Dr. Iliya.
The Director of Health in Bassa LGA, Jonah Pam, had while speaking during the election, admonished them to be true representatives of the association to help fight against quacks in the area.