Ghazni residents still reliant on home remedies, quackery
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of remote areas of southern Ghazni province still use primitive methods of medical treatment, a practice that has resulted in serious health hazards problems for many.
Naeemullah, a resident of the Tapoor area of Deh Yak district, told Pajhwok Afghan News most people in his village, avoiding modern medications, continue to apply home remedies for a variety of ailments.
“People still use horns in blood transfusions. Expecting mothers give birth in hot water,” he claims, saying the villagers, living away from the city, preferred traditional remedies over modern medical techniques.
Naeemullah adds primitive medical aid was usually administered by elderly men, women or by local barbers, drawing on their experience.
“I recently had my face bladed (sort of derma-blading) in a local barber’s shop to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate my visage. But the procedure left my looks even uglier, as razor marks are now more visible,” he explains.
Rahimullah, belonging to Nawa district, grumbles there is no health clinic in the locality where he lives.“People travel for hours to reach hospital, so we opt for treating patients in our own traditional way.”
His wife had conception problems, prompting him to consult a hairdresser on the issue. “He told me the blood of my wife is poisoned and it needed to be replaced,” Rahimullah recalls.
The barber sucked out a large amount of blood from his wife’s body but her problem persists. “My spouse is now suffering from multiple complications,” the man complains.
Mohammad Gul, hailing from the Andar district of Ghazni, says people have been bringing patients to his mother for treatment over the past two decades.
“My mother doesn’t prescribe them medicine; instead she applies her own techniques to help women in labour with smooth delivery. All patients are satisfiedwith the remedies she offers,” Gul claims.
However, Noorullah, another dweller of the area, warns such techniques could be dangerous for pregnant women.
“I also took my pregnant wife to an elderly woman of my village. The old woman kicked my wife in the back to hasten the baby’s birth,” he says, adding her spouse was subjected to harsh techniques.
Noor Rahman, a resident of Ghazni City, is faced with several problems resulting from traditional treatments.“I have a thrust a horn into my body to take out contaminated blood.
”It has created many woes for me; my body is in a state of extreme pain, particularly the area where the horn has been placed,” he says.
Noor Rahman wants the government to crack down the old-fashioned treatmentsystem, which adds to public health hazards.
Niaz Gul, a barber from the Ali Kala area of Deh Yak district, says: “This quackery we have inherited from our fathers and grandfathers. And thus we eke out a living.”
But a doctor in Ghazni City, Khairuddin, views treatments as threat to people’s lives. The so-called home remedies cause paralysis and other permanent problems, he says.
“Such outdated treatments enable dangerous germs to enter a person’s body and create more diseases. I have two peoples with black bones after they had horns inserted horns into their bodies,” he reveals.
Ghazni Civil Hospital DirectorDr. Baz Mohammad Himmat confirmsa handful of people still go for old treatments in remote parts of the province.
He says health clinics are operational in all districts of the province and people are now aware of the risks associated with primitive remedies.
For example, he says: “The mother mortality rate has declined in Ghazni because people prefer modern medical treatment options.”
A campaign is underway in several parts of Ghazni to eliminate traditional medical practices and convince people into seeking scientifically proven treatments.
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