Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Opportunities in the medical field……

CAPE TOWN — Almost half the doctor and specialist posts in Free State hospitals are empty, according to a written reply to questions posed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Parliament.

The province is also battling to find nurses, dentists and physiotherapists, which is hampering essential services.

“It’s absolutely shocking. You can’t run a proper hospital system (like) this,” said DA health spokesman Mike Waters.

The health ministry’s response on health professionals employed by the Free State health department shows that only 417 of the 785 doctor and registrar posts are filled; 162 of the 313 specialist posts ; 2356 of the 3822 nurses posts ; and 54 of the 115 physiotherapists posts .

Waters said the DA suspected the high vacancy rate was due to poor budgeting. He said he had asked Parliament’s health committee to call the provincial and national health and treasury departments to account.

When I read this article on the shortages of medical personnel in the Free State, I realized that there are huge opportunities for BEE and equal employment, which for some or other reason, are not pursued.

There are already people that can step into these roles, namely Izinyanga.

Just so that there are no confusion on the capabilities of these individuals, and their qualifications, extracts from internet sources to clarify that.

Inyanga (literally "the man of the trees") is a Zulu word for a traditional healer.
Although the word sangoma is generally used in South African English to mean all types of traditional Southern African healers, inyangas and sangomas are in fact different. An inyanga is an herbalist who is concerned with medicines made from plants and animals, while a sangoma relies primarily on divination for healing purposes. The knowledge of the inyanga is passed through the generations from parent to child.

In modern society the status of these medicine men or women has been translated into wealth. Most izinyanga in urban areas have shops with consulting rooms where they sell their medicines.

iziNyanga are herbalists, and many of them have a truly good knowledge of many natural substances, which have a real remedial effect. Such medicines come from many different sources, one of these is the bark of certain trees. The Zulu word "umuthi" has a triple meaning: Tree, bark and medicine. It is frequently wrongly abbreviated as "Muti" by non-Zulu-speakers.

1 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

There's no denying that some herbal therapies may have proven their legitimacy. As regards Africa, I'm not so sure. Life expectancy was always very low, so I can't see what value the IzinYangas added. But you may be right; before long Sangomas, IzinYangas and whatever other quacks are out there, will be able to set up shop.