TRADITIONAL medicine practitioners have received training from the Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF) on the use of sustainable plant-based alternative in a bid to stop the prevalent use of vulture for healing.
The training, Saturday, which had as participants traditional medicine practitioners from 20 out of the 23 local government areas of Sokoto State is part of an NCF project “Egyptian Vulture New-life Project,” to save vultures from total extinction.
The Director-General of NCF, Dr Mukhtar Aminu-Kano, said the training was aimed at encouraging traditional medicine practitioners to use herbs as an alternative to the use of vultures that is going into extinction in Nigeria.
Aminu-Kano, who was represented by the NCF Project Officer, Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Conservation Project, Yobe Mr Harry Junior, stressed the urgent need to preserve and protect vultures.
He said: “We must preserve and protect the vulture bird for the survival of human and the environment we live in.
“Vultures, being one of the vital groups of ecological birds, is facing threats in many areas, which put their population under pressure.
“The bird contributes significantly to cleaning the environment, clearing carcasses and reducing the risk of water contamination against human health.
“However, the extinction of the bird will greatly expose the society to the dangers of ecological challenges, water pollution and spread of contagious diseases, as well as the environment.”
A member of the Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association, Kano State, Malam Usman Abubakar, in his presentation noted that all illness can be treated from plants.
According to him, “any medicine, whether traditional or herbal, is produced from plants and as such we should maintain our forefathers’ tradition of using herbs to treat any type of illness.
“Yes, vultures can be used for medicinal purposes but its survival is more medicinal, because it protect the whole society and the environment.
“As such, I call on all of us to protect the bird for our own survival and the future generation.
“We should continue to seek for more knowledge of plants as all medicines are in plants.”