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PIA Press Release
2007/11/28

Lake Sebu indigenous health workers undergo seminar on herbal processing

Koronadal City (28 November) -- Indigenous People's Barangay Health Workers (BHW's) of Lake Sebu had undergone series of lectures on the latest technology and other processing tips on herbal medicines.

The orientation is also aimed to augment their income using indigenous herbal plants, which are abundant in the area.

The Sisters of Saint Paul Chartres Congregation spearheaded the 10-day Herbal Processing Seminar and Herbs Trade Fair.

Sister Marie Adele Bonzon, SPC Health Coordinator said the seminar also aims to promote the use of alternative or herbal medicines to cure common diseases which are cheaper compared to branded drugs and can be readily available in far-flung barangays.

"We believe that with the alternative medicines, IPs can avail of medication immediately without buying expensive drugs," Sister Adele said.

The Herbal Processing Seminar was facilitated by Dr. Jesus Nino M. Iligan, a known herbalist and United Nations (UN) consultant. Dr. Iligan is known to be an advocate ffor alternative medicines and loves to help IP commnities.

At least thirty Barangay health workers of Barangays Tablo, Klubi, Telubek, Lemlahak, and Poblacion were trained to process herbal plants into alternative medicines and their products are currently displayed and sold to IPs in cheaper prices.

Herbal products such as Lagundi Syrup, Ampalaya Tea, Ureta Herb Capsule, Rosas de Baybayon Capsule, Evergreen Herbal Capsule, Hyper C Capsule, Alagao Tea, Mulberry Tea and Herbal Soy Sauce and different herbal soaps are now available at Sta. Cruz Mission Clinic. (PIA 12/aca) [top]

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