Cameroon: syndicate to regulate traditional medicine created

The Syndicate of Traditional Healers of Cameroon has been created. The union held its first extra-ordinary assembly this Friday 17th August 2018 in Yaoundé.

During the assembly, the nine members of the bureau of the syndicate were installed. The President of the syndicate, Martin Happi told the assembly that, the government of Cameroon has recognised the use traditional medicine to prevent and treat diseases.

He said the organisation will control the activity of traditional healers in Cameroon as government embarks on weeding out quarks from the sector.

The syndicate of Traditional Healers of Cameroon is coming to existence at a time when some paramedics criticize traditional medicine for lack of scientific diagnosis before treatment.

They also highlight the fact that traditional healers do not undergo any formal training and their concoctions generally lack measured dosage.

Traditional healers however, argue that they work in collaboration with hospitals and medical laboratories when consulting and treating patients. They hold that traditional medicine is complimentary to modern medicine and can treat some diseases that modern medicine has no cure.

The President of the syndicate of Traditional Healers of Cameroon, Martin Happi, told his members that the United Nations Organisation defines traditional medicine as “the sum total of the knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.”

Tasha Seidou (intern)

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