GAUTENG HEALTH TO COMMEMORATE AFRICAN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE DAY

GAUTENG HEALTH TO COMMEMORATE AFRICAN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE DAY

8/31/2017

​​​As part of forging partnership with traditional health practitioners and promoting steps undertaken by government towards the official recognition of African Traditional Medicine, the Gauteng Department of Health will today, 31 August 2017,celebrate African Traditional Medicine Day at Rabosotho Hall in Tembisa.

 African Traditional Medicine  week which started on Monday 26 to Thursday 31 August 2017 saw officials and traditional healers throughout the province carrying out joint activities such as exhibitions, debate, symposia, seminars, panel discussions and cultural shows to raise awareness on traditional medicine.

Under the theme: "Integration of Traditional Medicine in Health Systems: The Journey So Far!", the aim of the commemoration is to mobilise political commitment in institutionalization of African Traditional Medicine into primary health care system, ensure wide circulation of and publicity of the national law on traditional medicine and lastly, implement African action plan in integrating traditional medicine into primary health care system. This follows a decision made by the then Organisation of African Union (OAU) currently African Union (AU) in 2001 to integrate African Traditional Medicine within the health system.

Details of the celebration are as follows:

Date:               Thursday, 31 August 2017

Time:              10h00am

Venue:           Rabasotho Hall, Tembisa

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Issued by the Gauteng Department of Health

​For more information please contact Head of Communications, Prince Hamnca: 076 744 8126 or mediaenquiries@gauteng.gov.za.  For media releases, speeches and news visit the Gauteng Department of Health's portal at www.health.gpg.gov.za.