Diseases and Traditional Remedies
From: Margaret Kiriro
The common diseases which people suffer are:
- Cholera/typhoid/light dysentery
- Skin diseases/scabbis, small pox, chicken pox.
- In our community we used to have people who used to treat and cure different diseases, these are called medicine people (Waganga). These people used particular trees and plants to get medicine to treat the people.
- The barks of trees, leaves and plants roots were used and some from animals and birds. Some people had special skills to treat specific illnesses such as wounds and fractures. Some diseases were considered to be curses, e.g. leprosy, epilepsy. This meant that some individuals were to be performed to appease the ancestors.