Belgian Herb Launched in West Africa Health Sector

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A Belgian based traditional medicine producer has launched its West Africa’s branch, the Pharmapath West Africa, Incorporated with headquarters in Monrovia, to launch its product – Phytexponent – which has a positive effect on the immune system.

The traditional herbs – Phytexponent (herbal alcoholic extract) has been registered with the Liberia Medicines & Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA).

The registration is part of government’s five-year plan (2014 -2019) on the usage of herbs (traditional/country medicine) in all health centers across the country, in consonance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) strategy to support member countries in developing proactive policies and implement action plans that will strengthen the role traditional medicine plays in keeping populations healthy (WHA62.13).

According to WHO, traditional medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.

Chief executive officer (CEO) and founder Joris Ghyssaert said phytexponent is sold in clinics and hospitals in Monrovia and is sold also by dispensers.

He named Dr. Moses Massaquoi and Madam P. Chon as partners and noted that Dr. Massaquoi played a significant role in the experiment of his drugs. This experiment has proven successful in Liberia against Ebola.

Madam Chon said one of her main tasks is to counsel HIV patients. Some of her patients are taking Phytexponent, which has been successful.

“I also want to extend my thanks and appreciation to Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn, who was then the Chief Medical Officer, as well as Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah for their individual roles,” Joris noted.

The Belgian herbalist said the product boosts the immune system and also serves as a food supplement. Because of its enhancement of the immune system, it would cure various illnesses from viral, bacterial, fungal, and some ailments of parasitical origin.

Joris said he planned to take the product to leeward counties, hopefully in 2016, to help the government improve the healthcare delivery system.

In 2017, the products would be sold in other West African countries, he added.

In December 2014, the Health Ministry, through the Division of Complementary Medicine, the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC), the Complementary Board and the Traditional Medicine Federation of Liberia (TRAMEDFOL) launched the Traditional Medicines Plan, known as the National Traditional Medicine Policy and Strategy. The plan will run from 2015-2019.

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