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Patients troop to herbalists as doctors, gov’t, FWSC play cat and mouse game

Ghanaians who need medical care are resorting to herbalists as doctors remain out of the wards and as the Ghana Medical Association, the government and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission appear to remain locked up in a cat and mouse game.

The National Organiser of the Ghana Federation of Traditional Medicine Practitioners, Nana Kwadwo, confirmed the development to Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Kojo Oppong Nkrumah Tuesday.

“Since the doctors embarked on the strike action, we have had increasing number of patients these days because of the absence of doctors in the hospitals, so we can categorically say that it has really increased the intake of patients at our outfits,” he stated.

He said majority of the patients report to the facilities of herbal medicine practitioners with primary health conditions they know herbalists are capable of treating.

Nana Kwadwo said majority of the patients patronized the services and products of herbalists prior to the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme was introduced.

Many herbal facilities, according to him, were recording over 100 per cent increase in attendance.

Nana Kwadwo rejected suggestions that herbal medicine practitioners are incapable of adequately treating serious medical conditions.

He stressed some of the herbal medical practitioners have been trained at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to properly administer herbal preparations and solve the health problems of patients.

He advocated the democratization of medication, insisting that patients should be allowed to choose whether they want to be treated with orthodox medicine of herbal medicine.

Source: Myjoyonline

Date Updated: 2-12-2011

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