Children First: Child Health and Traditional Medicine
Traditional medicine has been in use for centuries before the dominance of modern medicine the huge decrease in its use to cure diseases. But still, it continues to play an important role, especially in developing countries and some like China have developed traditional techniques to cure even modern diseases.
What is needed is not the eradication and cancellation of traditions doctoring which anyhow is almost an impossible task in developing with the widespread of poverty, illiteracy and lack of basic health care facilities, especially in rural areas.
So, the alternative is to organize, codify and promote traditional doctoring and medicine. Some years ago, there was an important workshop on the issue which came out with excellent recommendations have not been up to the standard of the recommendations.
Our main concern in this regard is the widespread use of traditional doctoring and medicines to cure children with varying positive and negative results especially that recently there have been campaigns promoting some forms of these treatments.
Some even claimed that they have a cure for every disease while others didn't hesitate to use religion to promote their interests.
These trends can pose many negative impacts for children because with the spread and increase of poverty combined with the high cost of modern medical treatment, more and more families are using traditional medicines, but there is no guarantee of the outcome of such treatment.
So, it is time to seriously examine this sector and it must be said that this is not an issue only in the Sudan. On the contrary it is an issue of serious concern to many circles in Africa as the Addis Ababa workshop has shown.
And what is important to mention at the end that wrong or ineffective medical treatment has a very high negative impact on children because of their incomplete physical build-up.
So, let us give issue the suitable attention to safeguard the health of children as well as others, because we cannot continue allowing everyone to become a traditional doctor.
By Alula Berhe Kidani, 09/10/2011