01 Sep 2013 08:10
ONGHA, 01 SEP (NAMPA) - Ohangwena Regional Governor Usko Nghaamwa has called on Namibians to maintain traditional and cultural healing practices.
Nghaamwa made the call while addressing the Ohangwena Annual Regional Cultural Festival at the Ongha Senior Secondary School (SSS) on Friday.
The school is situated some 50 kilometres away from Eenhana, the regional capital.
The governor said traditional healing helped people before the introduction of modern medical treatment and saved peoples lives in incidents such as snake bites.
He noted that some types of traditional healing, the use of which is diminishing in Namibian society, also helped to treat causes of miscarriage and maternal mortality.
These, Nghaamwa said, are the traditional treatments which need to be maintained and passed on to young people.
Young people nowadays neglect traditional norms and practices used by their ancestors to heal people of the old generations, he noted.
He went on to say people in the remote parts of the country are in the greatest need of these traditional aids due to the absence of modern health facilities in their immediate vicinity.
I want culture and traditional practices to be maintained if we are to know where we came from and where we are heading to, he emphasised.
The Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo in a statement also delivered by Nghaamwa said cultural festivals are about promoting and celebrating tradition through song, dance and theatrical expression.
In hosting cultural festivals, Ekandjo said, the nation is fulfilling one of its core responsibilities - that of promoting and developing the cultures of all Namibians.
More than 300 cultural groups are said to be active in the Ohangwena Region, of which 59 participated in the two-day festival which ended Saturday.
The festival was used to select the best cultural groups from the region, which will compete in the national cultural festival to be held towards the end of this year.