Rorisang Kgosana
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26 Mar 2020
3:10 pm

Traditional healers feel left out in fight against Covid-19

Rorisang Kgosana

While government has been working closely with nearly all sectors of healthcare and society in the fight against the coronavirus, traditional healers are asking why their expertise hasn't been called in.

Sangoma muti. File image.

While the country has been called to unite in the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus, traditional healers feel like they are being left out of the battle. Clinicians, pathology laboratories and medical experts have been working with the health ministry during the outbreak that has now infected 709 South Africans. But traditional healers, who were the majority of healthcare providers in South Africa, were not included in the crisis plans. According to Solly Nduka, the general secretary of the National Unitary Professional Association for African Traditional Health Practitioners of South Africa (NUPAATHPSA) and national sector leader of...