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Traditional African and Christian response to diseases and sicknesses, as a problem related to family

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Traditional African and Christian response to diseases and sicknesses, as a problem related to family.
-Diseases and sicknesses are challenges to many families. For example, diseases like HIV and AIDS have wiped out some families and many children have been left as orphans.
- Prolonged sickness may necessitate the sick person being taken care of and sometimes being fed on a special diet which the family may not be able to
provide.
-The traditional African response to diseases and sicknesses takes various forms.
- Every sickness is attributed to something or someone.
-When a person becomes sick either, local herbs are used to treat the patient or, a medicine-person is consulted to diagnose the sickness and prescribe the
correct treatment.
-Some of the treatment the medicine people may prescribe include: herbs, a religious ritual and observation of certain taboos.
- Christian respond to sickness and diseases by seeking medical and health-care from hospitals, health centres and dispensaries.
- Some of these hospitals, health centres and dispensaries are run by different churches and provide subsidized medical services to the patients.


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