By Jumah Kakomo
Government has been urged to support herbalists and to enact and implement tough laws regulating herbalists as a measure to improve and standardize their work in the country.
The call has been made by herbal medicine researcher Mr. David Ssenfuka while addressing journalists at Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) headquarters in Kawempe, Kampala.
Ssenfuka said many people disguise as herbalists due to financial reasons without any knowledge thus puts their work at stake.
David Ssenfuka who is said to have discovered herbal medicines that treat cancer and diabetes that are among the most leading dangerous diseases in the World.
David Ssenfuka says he commenced with his research in 2013, individually and other colleagues to get a herbal medicine that heals the two disease but he still lacks the facilities to enable him develop his medicine to the world standard so it can be put on the world market.
“Many people have ignored herbal medicines due to ignorance leading to loss of our lives and what I think is to advocate for it because the whites use our medicine into a modern way to treat us at high expenses”. He added.
Ssenfuka also reminded President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni about UGX30b which he promised to give him to develop his herbal medicines saying time is ripe and danger is in delay.
“I thank Mr. President for the pledge of Ugx30b to develop my medicine although it has not yet been released, but I kindly request that it is expeditiously work upon since our people are dying of cancer and diabetes yet we can treat them”. He said.
Meanwhile Ssenfuka applauded the media for the vital role they play in the world before pledging to support the World press Freedom day activities in particular the Media dinner which is to be hold on 3rd may, renovation of the Association headquarters and donating other equipment.
“I appreciate the role played by the fourth estate and I call upon them to always fight for our herbal medicine since they are the mouthpiece of each and everybody” he added.