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'Stick to traditional medicine'

09/06/2006 18:47  - (SA)

Benoni - The traditional medicines sector will soon be recognised in the budget, said health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang on Friday.

Speaking at a traditional medicine workshop in Benoni, Tshabalala-Msimang said her department would speed up the process of establishing an interim traditional health council.

"There is a great deal of literature on traditional medicine in India, the Philippines and China. We need to establish this for African medicine," she said.

Tshabalala-Msimang said developing countries were appreciating the value of traditional medicines and alternative practices, pointing out that Britain's Prince Charles was a supporter of the concept.

On HIV/Aids, where Tshabalala-Msimang's standpoint is the centre of controversy, she said some antiretrovirals can cause cancer.

"We have got to keep all these (side effects) in our minds," she said.

Tshabalala-Msimang later told Sapa that some people had cancer from ARVs but did not elaborate further.

"Let's rather stick to traditional medicine," she said.

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