NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenya
has formed a task force to develop regulatory framework toward the adoption of
alternative medicine in the mainstream medical sector, a government official
said on Wednesday.
Cabinet Secretary for Health said the health sector is confronted with emergency
and reemerging health challenges that require a solution through all
“The threat of
multiple diseases and our vulnerability to health risks have both risen hence
calling for intervention from the alternative medicine as well,” Kariuki said
while opening the eighth Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) annual
scientific and health conference.
She said the task
force to be headed by KEMRI, renowned health research institute in Africa, will
look at research findings on alternative medicine with the aim of incorporating
them into the mainstream health sector.
“We need to
embrace alternative medicine and benefit from it just as China has done in the
recent past,” she added.
Kariuki noted that
with the changing climate, the rising failure of antimicrobials and the rise of
chronic Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), achieving Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) for the health sector may be slow.
Kariuki called on
developing countries to invest in health facilities to help prevent diseases
since majority of the diseases are preventable.
diseases, inequality in health, faster aging of populations, movement of people
across borders and lifestyles are creating new problems,” she added.
collaboration with countries that have made greater strides in incorporating
alternative medicine alongside conventional medicine.
The task force
will propose a regulatory framework in the industry that will include regulating
and registration of herbalists.
conducted a number of alternatives towards the management of malaria in the
“We are committed
to enhancing research related productivity by harnessing initiatives to enrich
the research culture, capacity building and community involvement,” Acting KEMRI
Director General Yeri Kombe said.
He said KMERI is
in the process of availing state of the art diagnostic capacity to all health
providers countrywide to enhance their research and diseases outbreak response
conference, whose theme is health research for sustainable development, is being
attended by over 400 local and international medical researchers.