Zim traditional healers run out of herbs to cure STIs
By Staff Reporter
TRADITIONAL healers in Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani district have reportedly run out of herbs to cure sexually transmitted diseases following the March 2019 Cyclone Idai that destroyed special trees from which the medicine was being sourced.
According to a local online publication, the traditional healers now have to travel longer distances to source for the medicine from areas that were not affected by the disaster.
“There is a herbal plant called Fuko, which grows along river banks. I used that plant to treat my clients suffering from infertility and period pains. This plant is now scarce because it was washed away by the rains,” one Sekuru Gora was quoted saying.
The herbalist said he lost a lot of potential clients during the Christmas holidays who sought treatment for STIs.
“During the Christmas holiday, I lost a lot of business as some clients from as far as South Africa and Botswana came seeking help. Even my local clients are also stranded because I cannot service them anymore,” he said.
The eastern parts of the country are well known for the country’s traditional healers who often receive clients from outside the country.
Cyclone Idai which devastated parts of Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East provinces killed hundreds and left even more homeless.
The harsh wealth phenomenon also caused massive environmental and infrastructural damage.