Traditional leaders to condemn 'bogus' traditional healers

08 Oct 2013 07:10am
SWAKOPMUND, 08 OCT (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on all traditional leaders to be vigilant and to condemn the behaviour of some traditional healers who claim to possess a cure for HIV/AIDS.
The President made this remark during the opening of the 16th annual meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders here on Monday.
The HIV/AIDS pandemic remains one of the greatest threats to Namibia’s national development efforts.
As a result, Pohamba said out of desperation and a desire to get well, some members of the public have fallen prey and lost their money and property as payment to these ‘bogus elements’.
He noted that the Namibian Government will continue to strengthen cooperation with traditional leaders in order to provide effective responses to challenges faced by HIV/ AIDS.
“We encourage this partnership, because we all have an important role to play in combating the spread of HIV infections, and also in caring for those living with the disease,” Pohamba said.
He indicated that the government has prioritised prevention as the key strategy in addressing HIV/AIDS, therefore the full participation of traditional leaders is needed in the fight against this disease.
Pohamba further appealed to the traditional leaders to render their assistance to the Minister of Health and Social Service, Dr Richard Kamwi, as he commences with his work in establishing clinics all over the country.