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Fetish Priests Told To Go Scientific 6/19/2010

The national queenmother of the Ghana Psychic and Traditional Healers Association has advised herbal practitioners, especially fetish priests (Okomfo), to use scientific methods in their business practices.

Nana Okomfo Adwoa Okorewah said as the world is moving towards scientific technology, herbalists should also adapt to that and change their attitude towards their work.

She gave the advice at the weekend during her 100 years birthday celebration at Akwadum Brong Densuso, near Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

She said because of certain demands by herbalists like goat, sheep, fowl, dogs and other animals from people seeking cure for their ailments, herbal centres were now losing patronage.

Again, because some of the fetish priests perform some uncultured rituals before they attend to sick persons, many of them feel reluctant to go to fetish priests for herbal treatment, Nana Okomfo Okorewah said.

She said the life of a sick person should always be the concern of the herbalist, and as most of the herbs used to cure diseases had already been blessed by God, there was no need to demand animals before offering treatment.

The queenmother also urged herbal practitioners to always ensure that they worked in hygienic surroundings.

Nana Okomfo Okorewah who has practised as Okomfo and herbal medicine practitioner for the past seven years, said she had treated over 10,000 people of different ailments and had trained over 2,000 people in the herbal medicine practice.

She advised the herbal practitioners to collaborate to undertake income generating ventures to support their work and grow herbs in their surrounding.

James Apaw Ofori, a retired Airways Station Manager in New York, U.S.A. who chaired the function, commended Nana Okorewah for her hard work and contribution towards herbal medicine in the country.

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