Qi flows from Beijing to Gaborone (Part 3)

A traditional healer practices his craft
A traditional healer practices his craft

In 2015 Mmegi Staffer, BABOKI KAYAWE*, spent time in China as well as Gaborone, Palapye and Kolokwaneng in the Kgalagadi district. She was researching what Botswana can learn from the harmony between China’s indigenous and modern health care systems

Commenting on the status of indigenous medicine in the country, University of Botswana’s microbiologist Professor Kerstin Andrea-Marobela says traditional medical systems do form a vital part of primary healthcare, which is used by all sections of society.

However, the fact that the traditional healing profession is not legally recognised, prevents open collaboration.  “Referral from healers to clinics do take place, and unofficially also in some cases from clinics to traditional healers,” Marobela says.  From research, she says it appears Batswana prefer to have pluralistic health choices.  For some conditions one would visit a clinic, while for others one would prefer to consult a traditional healer.  She views integrating both regimes a farfetched call.

Editor's Comment
‘Boraboko’ should face the wrath of the law

Still in Molepolole, a young woman was also reported missing, only for her decapitated body to be found inside in a shallow grave! The issue of missing persons has always been a challenge in our country, and a considerable number of missing persons are unfortunately found dead! Something troubling is the murders related to missing persons, which touch on an array of issues, including the killing of intimate partners, often referred to as passion...

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