Jammeh declares 17 January Gambia's National Natural Medicines Day - On the eve of Gambia’s 49th Independence Anniversary (18 February), President Yahya Jammeh has declared 17 January as the country's National Natural Medicines Day.
He said the Day will be set aside to appreciate, celebrate and also embrace Gambia’s indigenous ways of medical treatment.
The Gambian leader said the Day will be celebrated “for the glories of our rich past”.
However, he noted that it should also be a moment for further reflection and research for the improvement of indigenous knowledge of natural remedies for their adaptation in a dynamic and increasingly materialistic and commercial world.
He assured that his government will continue to support research on the people's cultural heritage and also encourage Gambians to make good use of the natural resources for the benefit of every one.
“In this vein, I am pleased to inform you that henceforth, January 17 will be celebrated as National Natural Medicines Day,” Jammeh announced after observing the seventh anniversary of his “Breakthrough” which celebrated his cost-free herbal medical treatment for various diseases, including HIV and AIDS.
He has since unveiled new treatment for diseases like breast cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, pile and sickle cell.