× Digital News Videos Health & Science Opinion Education Columnists Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Kibaki Cabinets Arts & Culture Gender Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
×
VAS

Medics' strike makes room for herbalists

UREPORT
By Thadius Ondieki | February 24th 2017

As health services continue to be paralysed by the doctors' strike, poor and desperate Kenyans who cannot afford private healthcare have now turned to local herbalists.

Most Kenyans, especially from rural areas and who rely on public health services, are finding it hard to deal with common ailments that could easily be treated at local dispensaries.

The question is whether we can entrust traditional herbalists with our health bearing in mind that the country is flooded with fake health personnel and impostors. Someone somewhere must take responsibility.

I was taught in lower primary school that herbalists deal mainly with small ailments like headaches, backaches, stomach aches, bone fractures and so on.

What then is the fate of people suffering from chronic diseases like high blood pressure and cancer? How will HIV victims get medical care?

With all due respect for credible herbalists who have genuinely treated many ailments, we cannot substitute scientific medicine with local remedies.

I am not undermining local medicine but I am worried about what will happen to victims of a severe road accident when they are taken to a herbalist, for instance.

In addition, the way the herbs are collected and prepared for consumption is questionable.

This calls for the Government to take necessary action to solve the doctors' strike once and for all.

Share this story
Wanyama strikes: Not good enough as Spurs crash out of UEFA Europa League
Tottenham Hotspur failed to secure a spot in the round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League after KAA Gent held Spurs to two-all draw at Webley on Thursday night. The Belgian’s outfit progressed on 3-2 aggregate.
Opening Ceremony: Kenya takes her pride of place as 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games begin
Team Kenya Paralympics strolled majestically into the Tokyo Olympic Stadium led by captain Rodgers Kiprop and Powerlifter Hellen Wawira for the Openin

.
RECOMMENDED NEWS

.
OPEN JOB VACANCIES IN KENYA

;