Luena – At least 54.700 traditional healers are registered throughout the country.
This was said on Friday in Luena city eastern Moxico province by the President’s Secretary for Social Affairs, Rosa Pacavira, during the closing act of the Regional Forum on Traditional Medicine.
Speaking at the regional meeting that brought together several personalities and experts from various organs of the executive and experts from various sector, the President’s aide said that more than 70 percent of Angola's population uses traditional medicine.
She said that most of the therapists uses the traditional usage of medicinal plants and herbs to heal the sick people, an experience that is not properly valued, although the society recognizes the critical role that this therapy play for the population’s life, especially in rural areas .
According to her, the traditional medicine was defended in all meetings held in the country as the sum of all practices, methods, treatments, supplementary and spiritual material that during generations has enabled the people to protect themselves from diseases and relieve suffering and bring cure.
The event was intended to gather contributions for the integration of natural medicine practices in the national health system in order to ensure efficacious, safe and quality health care.
The forum was attended by representatives of the central Government in the sectors of Health, Education, Social Communication, Territory Administration, Public Administration, Employment and Social Security, Agriculture, Culture, Justice and Higher Education.