Mainstreaming herbal medicine into healthcare delivery system and harnessing its multi-billion dollar worth in global trade, will be at the forefront of the agenda at this year’s Festival of Herbs Expo, the organisers have said. The festival popularly called HerbFEST, will take place in Lagos and is set to feature over 100 small and medium scale enterprises involved in the manufacture of herbal and natural products, as well as scientists, researchers, traditional medicine practitioners, the academia and indigenous healers.

The host and organiser of HerbFEST and Director-General of the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), a federal parastatal under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Tamuno Okujagu, said nearly 80 per cent of Africans and Asians depended on traditional medicines for their primary healthcare.

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