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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Septem­ber 9, 1991 — The Zim­babwe Na­tional Tra­di­tional Heal­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion has lined up a num­ber of Aids work­shops for its mem­bers whom it said risked con­tract­ing the dreaded dis­ease through wrong meth­ods of ad­min­is­ter­ing treat­ment.

Ad­dress­ing more than 1 000 del­e­gates to the one­day Zi­natha congress in Gweru at the week­end, the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent, Pro­fes­sor Gor­don Chavun­duka, said the ma­jor­ity of Zi­natha mem­bers risked con­tract­ing Aids since a num­ber of Aids pa­tients un­der the care of Zi­natha mem­bers is in­creas­ing ev­ery­day as more and more pa­tients are dis­charged from hos­pi­tals, said Pro­fes­sor Chavun­duka.

He said Zi­natha, which had con­ducted 30 work­shops on Aids since 1988, plans to in­crease the num­ber of work­shops so that all its mem­bers be­come con­ver­sant with the safe meth­ods of treat­ing Aids pa­tients.

Prof Chavun­duka said it was Zi­natha’s goal to af­ford all its mem­bers an op­por­tu­nity to at­tend work­shops for their own safety. He said Zi­natha with the as­sis­tance of donor agen­cies and the Min­istry of Health, was or­gan­is­ing the work­shops, whose main ob­jec­tives were to teach heal­ers safe meth­ods of ad­min­is­ter­ing treat­ment to Aids pa­tients and to iden­tify Aids vic­tims from symp­toms of the dis­eases.

Turn­ing to prob­lems of tra­di­tional heal­ers who prac­tised with­out li­cences, Prof Chavun­duka said the as­so­ci­a­tion had for the past 10 years failed to solve the prob­lem.

He said de­spite reg­u­lar vis­its by in­spec­tors from Zi­natha to dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, a num­ber of heal­ers still con­tin­ued to prac­tise with­out li­cences.

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