GAAMI seeks to promote herbal life in Guyana
With vision to lead the development of primary health care through education and research in herbal, alternative, naturopathic and integrated medicine, the Guyana Association for Alternative Medicine Institute, GAAMI yesterday held a public orientation ceremony at the Ocean View International Hotel.
GAAMI is said to be an offshoot of Guyana Association for Alternative Medicine-GAAMI, which has been in existence for 30 years.
Dr. Iamei Aowmathi, the founder of GAAMI said that he is concerned about the fast growing rate of illnesses and diseases in Guyana and, “we use borrowed money to import medication…, when there is another alternative. We have herbs in Guyana that are effective and would not be expensive”. Therefore, instead of just the clinic, Dr. Aowmathi decided to form a school so as to train other persons to become “medical practitioners”.
According to Aowmathi, all his doings are in keeping with what is expected of a medical professional in Guyana.
He said that most of the herbs he uses to “cure illness” are local.
Administrative Director and Lecturer, Doodnauth Singh said that the institute is the only of its kind in Guyana and the Caribbean. Further, he mentioned that the institute has the technical expertise and equipment to manufacture herbal medicine, capsules, ointment and tea.
After training at the institute, one will be certified with a healing practitioner’s diploma. All the lecturers at the institute are said to be professional university graduates.
Singh disclosed that the institute is working on making sure that a student who qualifies from GAAMI can open their own Herbal clinic. Further, the administrative body is seeking to “formally approach” the University of Guyana so that a qualified student could get a reduction in years when applying for certain courses.
Further, Singh explained that while minimum qualification to join the school is Grades Three in English, Mathematics and any science subject, a system is in place “for the man with no qualification but who has a fair understanding of herbal practice”.
When asked about the success rate of his patients, Aowmathi disclosed that about 90% of his patients are 100% well after herbal intervention.
The man noted that most of the persons in the interior depend on herbal medication to survive.
In May 2009, Health Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, in a speech relating to the allied health professionals said, that “There are certain traditional things that we want to continue with but we have to ensure that people are not being exploited.” Aowmathi said that he supports the Minister’s statement and assures that it does not seek to exploit or defraud anyone but rather help to maximise the potential of local grown herbs and be cost effective simultaneously.