President Yoweri Museveni has held a consultative meeting with a team of scientists from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, World Health Organization (WHO) and herbalists at State House, Entebbe.
In the meeting, the President lectured the team on the significance of herbal medicine.
The President called upon the doctors to work closely with the innovators of herbal medicine through doing clinical trials in the presence of the formulae founders (herbalists) in order to rule out mistrust and thereafter identify the important elements which cure a given illness.
The president further asked the scientists to look into the education curriculum and see how students can also benefit from their research.
In her response, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr.Monica Musenero, briefed the President on the 12-Step Natural Therapeutic Value Chain including; Forests and gardens, Herbalists, Technicians, Herbal institutions, Registration of intellectual property, Research scientists, Clinical trials, Regulatory agencies, Manufacturing, Offtake and market, International clearance, Consumer confidence and Marketing.
Dr. Musenero also informed him about the need to acquire a laboratory machine which will be used for trials. The President accepted the proposal.