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Lockdown: Parents Resort to Herbal Medicine to Treat Children

Dr Farouk Minawa, a programme officer at THETA Uganda, says the lockdown has generally amplified the need for herbal medicines. THETA seeks to improve health and access to healthcare through the promotion of collaboration between the traditional and biomedical health care systems.
11 May 2020 10:24
Alice Nakasolya a grand parent with five young children at home

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Parents of children with chronic illnesses are resorting to using herbal medicine due to failure to access routine medication for their children. 

Alice Nakasolya, a resident of Bwaise II, Lufula Zone, is currently taking care of her five grandchildren, left behind by her daughter who was locked down in Mityana by the ban on public transport in March. 

Nakasolya, 58, currently picks herbs from her neighbour’s small garden, which she uses to treat the minors.    

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Rehema Ssendege 62, also a grandparent in Mau- A-Zone in Maganjo, Kawempe is taking care of six children. Two of the minors have ulcers, two are asthmatic while the other has a mental illness. His condition worsened when the medicine that was purchased from Butabika Hospital got used up.      

Ssendege has resorted to herbal medicine to save the boy’s life. “I decided to cook for him a mixture of herbs that I presumed would help him. when he takes them, he sleeps and wakes up in his normal senses,” she said.  

Dr Farouk Minawa, a programme officer at THETA Uganda, says the lockdown has generally amplified the need for herbal medicines. THETA seeks to improve health and access to healthcare through the promotion of collaboration between the traditional and biomedical health care systems.

  

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Dr Minawa says the availability of herbal medicine will help bridge the gap because most herbal practitioners work within their homes and are easily approachable. He, however, advises people to exercise caution as they take herbal medicine.   

 

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Dr Minawa says several people gave up on traditional medicine when colonialists categorised it as witchcraft.  

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Dr Grace Nambatya Kyeyune, the Director for the Natural Chemotherapeutic Research Institute and a member of the National Drug Authority-NDA board, says that although it is pleasing to see Ugandans using herbal medicines, they need to seek knowledge from herbal experts.

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