Skyline University Nigeria (SUN) has commemorated African Traditional Medicine Day with a two-day international conference on the ‘Importance and Awareness of Traditional and Alternate Medicine’. The university organized the conference in collaboration with Shri Shankaracharya Professional University (SSPU) to highlight the importance of African Traditional Medicine on the health of Africans in Bhilai, India, from the 25th to the 26th of August, 2023.
In his virtual inaugural address, the vice-chancellor of SUN, Prof. Ajith Kumar V. V., stated that he was delighted to be part of the conference. He said traditional medicine is very important in Africa and explained that the continent is richly endowed with natural resources that have immense health benefits. He then urged the researchers and academics who attended the event to invest more in African traditional medicine research so as to offer solutions to healthcare challenges in Africa and beyond.
Delivering his speech, Prof. Sanjoy Kumar Pal, the guest of honour and a SUN faculty member, spoke on the future of phytomedicine and the challenges that it had to overcome. He said there has been a rapid increase in the use of traditional medicine in Africa, which has come with challenges.
Dr. Isah Usman, the Dean of the School of Basic Medical Sciences (SBMS) at SUN, who was a keynote speaker, delivered his speech on the topic Traditional Medicine in Nigeria: The Journey So Far. He stated that traditional medicine has undergone strategic transitions over time, which has made it an important topic of discourse. Similarly, Mr. Isma’il Rabiu, a lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at SUN who was also a keynote speaker, emphasized the need for research and regulation on the use of traditional medicine in Africa to ensure its safe usage.
Speaking on the occasion Shri. I. P. Mishra, the Chief Patron and Chancellor of SSPU, was vocal about the increased use of traditional medicine globally and emphasized increasing research efforts to bring respectability to the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
The convener of the conference, Prof. (Dr.) Swarnali Das Paul expressed her gratitude to the management of both universities for supporting the collaborative conference and hoped that such an educational event would occur in the future to continue this type of conference in the future as well.
The vice-chancellor of SUN, faculty, and other participants were awarded honours for gracing the important congregation.
Over 300 students and staff from various universities and colleges in India attended this two-day conference.