Scientific American: WHO gives the nod to Traditional Chinese Medicine (3)

5 April, 2019

After reading Myer's posting on this topic and especially, '----- many people misunderstand the function of the International Classification of Diseases. It exists mainly to provide a clear and systematised 'language' of codes so that health-related data can be efficiently collected, communicated and analysed. Its contents have no bearing on the effectiveness of any particular treatment for any health condition', I was immediately reminded that recently we were discussing similar confusion and misunderstanding of what is called NAFDAC number in Nigeria.

NAFDAC is the National Agency for Food and Drug Control in Nigeria and amongst its mandate is the verification of content of applicants food and drug products, and granting of a number on certification, called NAFDAC number. In 2006, the former Director General of NAFDAC at a public stake holder meeting clarified to the public in Nigeria that the number has no bearing on the effectiveness or safety of a particular product on any treatment for any health condition. But inspite of that clarification, promoters of all manner of food and medicine products otherwise unlicensed in the country, and for which the standard safety of medicine regime has not taken place, claim that they can cure all ailments including cancer! Most of these are brought into the country as supplements, anti-oxidants, Omega3, and alternative medicine to 'detoxify' the whole system.

We have continued our call on the authorities at Federal, state and local health levels to take action, do the needful for the safety of unsuspecting Nigerian public.

Joseph Ana.


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group:

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