Traditional Healers Ask To Be Noticed During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Traditional Healers Ask To Be Noticed During The Coronavirus Pandemic. Traditional healers and traditional health practitioners have been ignored as health care givers during the national lockdown in South Africa.

Traditional healers and traditional health practitioners have been ignored as health care givers during the national lockdown in South Africa. The unit says that the restrictions that were publicised by the government were not clear on the movement of those that are looking for traditional healing. They also noted that traditional medicine has proved to be helpful.

Solly Nduku, the National Unitary Professional Association for African Traditional Health Practitioners of SA general secretary, says, “Traditional medicine has proven to be effective against ailments and overlooking it is simply an infringement of the right to access to traditional health care and the right to cultural and traditional practice.” He says that when communities needed assistance they would go to traditional health practitioners and healers. The secretary says, there was no clarity as to what extent the traditional health practitioners will function and what they should tell their communities about the Covid-19 strain.

Solly Nduku says the organisation has advised healers to put a hold on spiritual gathering, ceremonies and rituals during the time.The health practitioners appealed to the government to properly notice the practitioners and health workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

by Alexandra Ramaite

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