A Medical Expert, Dr Olawale Musbau, has cautioned Nigerians against indiscriminate intake of herbal concoctions. He said some people who take herbs habitually are at the risk of losing their liver. Musbau, a specialist in occupational health, spoke in Ilorin at the 2015 Pre-Press Week health seminar for journalists organised by the Kwara State council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in collaboration with Mike Omotosho Foundation owned by Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the state, Dr. Mike Omotosho. The seminar was themed “Importance of Good Health”.
The medical practitioner noted that many Nigerians were unaware of health problems inherent from unapproved herbal concoctions. He stated that people religiously take it with the belief that their health problem like back-pain would be relieved.
He said contrary to the notion, residues in the herbs could systematically damage the liver in the body. “If you think it (herbs) has taken care of your back-pain, ignorantly, your liver was being weakened”, he said.
The medical expert also enjoined alcohol takers to reduce the level at which they consume the substance as the end result might be dangerous to their health.
Another medical practitioner, Dr Tajudeen Dele, advised journalists to always eat healthy food and take time to unwind with a view to restoring their mental capability.
The State Chairman of NUJ, Mallam Abiodun Abdulkareem, who was represented by Mr Mustapha Abubakar, said the health programme was convened to improve the health of members.