Towards recognising witchdoctors

MR MURIISA with two of his wives, Jolly Twinomuhwezi, left, and Joy Mazooba, with the stick he uses to test if patients are ill. Picture right, Simon Nyoni is a Diviner and the Traditional Health Practitioners Association of Zambia (THPAZ) director of information and publicity.

FOR much of his life, Simon Nyoni has held the belief that treatment from various ailments does not only lie in conventional medicine but in natural remedies readily found in one’s immediate environment.
As a traditional health practitioner, Mr Nyoni has argued the case for the recognition of traditional healing at national level for years through the Traditional Health Practitioners Association of Zambia (THPAZ) which he has been a member of since 2002.
He is currently the association’s director of information and publicity and actively involved in the cause of the association whose objective is to raise the profile of traditional health practitioners in the country.
Recently in the Zambian parliament, a bill called the Traditional Complementary and Alternatives Medicines Bill successfully passed first reading.
This bill directly affects Mr Nyoni and other traditional alternative medicine health practitioners who fall under the umbrella of the THPAZ.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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