WE DON’T NEED AN IMPORTED HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
What is health care? Since the beginning of man’s existence on earth all societies evolved their own healthcare systems. These healthcare systems included beliefs customs and practices that ensured health, using models of prevention as well as cure. A SOCIETY’S DISEASE CAUSATION THEORY IS IMPORTANT IN REGARD TO TREATMENT. All cultures have healthcare professionals. In Africa there was no village without a healer. Knowledge of health and healing was handled down from generation to generation in various forms of education which is culturally appropriate. The healers in Africa are mainly trained through apprenticeships such as Parental prodding, visions, dream instructions and so on. After certain number of years the healer is certified by the established practitioner and thus acquires a professional image. He or she can now choose to be with the master or move to another village. Patients and seekers who believe in the healer’s special knowledge (powers) consult and compensate him or her.