The vice-chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo (UNIMED), said that the institution is set to begin Herbal Medicine as a course.
This was disclosed during a media interaction, by the institution Vice-Chancellor, Professor Friday Okonofua, who said all arrangements to introduce the course has been out in place.
The VC said that UNIMED would become the first university in Nigeria to offer Herbal Medicine as a course.
According to him, the course would commence by the next academic session.
He said the decision to introduce herbal medicine as a course of study at the university was taken after considering the role that herbs play in drug discovery.
He said a special and scientifically-based curriculum would be designed for the course so that people would not mistake it for local herbalists’ package.
Professor Okonofua said the future of Africa rests on herbal drugs, and that the UNIMED would establish a farm where herbal plants could be produced.
“We believe here at UNIMED that there is need to help to develop the practice of herbal medicine; it is part of our plan to introduce herbal medicine as part of the courses to be offered,” he said.
Okonofua also disclosed that the university had been positioned for the treatment breast cancer and other life-threatening diseases saying that UNIMED had enough well-trained and seasoned lecturers to offer both academic and practical trainings in medical related courses.