ACCRA– The German Development Corporation is supporting some members of the Ghana Federation of Herbal Medicine Practitioners Associations (GHAFTRAM) to understudy Vietnam’s World Health Organization (WHO) complaint.

GHAFTRAM president William Kojo Odum Eduful said in a statement here Saturday that Bernard Kofi Turkson, a medical herbalist with the Ghana health Service, Annabella Adade, a medical herbalist, Joseph Kofi Takyi, the Regional Chairman of GHAFTRAM in Ashanti region (Province) were among those supported by the German aid agency.

They were among five herbal medicine practitioners from Ghana who were to gain knowledge in herbal medicine in Vietnam where they are being hosted by the Hanoi University of Pharmacy (HUP) for two weeks until May 20.

This training is to enlighten the participants on high quality and affordable medicines in Africa and South East Asia and also to undergo intensive training in Vietnam’s Good Agriculture and Collection Practices (GACP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for herbal medicine production.

They were also to learn the success story of Vietnam’s integration of allopathic care and traditional herbal medicine. The statement said the use of herbal medicine remained a significant aspect of the healthcare delivery system in Ghana as in most African countries.

“Ghana has seen considerable growth of the herbal industry and enjoying an enviable position in the sub region and Africa as the only country to integrate herbal medicine to allopathic medicine, the statement added.

As part of the training, participants embarked on a number of knowledge acquisitions, which exposed them to the dynamics and innovations introduced by Vietnam to improve and sustain its herbal medicine industry.