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21.01.2011 Health

One of the three living human treasures is dead

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January 21, 2011
Nadowli, Jan.21, GNA - One of the three Living Human Treasures recognised by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture, Mr Dakura Sangbagu, was reported dead at the Nadowli Hospital on Thursday, January 13.

The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture awarded the late Sangbagu "National Living Human Treasure" (Traditional Medicine Category) alongside the late Mr Saka Quaye (Theatre Category) and Mr Koo Nimo (Traditional Music Category) at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Ghana's Independence in 2007.

Mr Sangbagu was blessed with a family heritage bequeathed to him at birth as bone surgeon barely 85 years ago.

He had a profound knowledge of herbs which he used to heal compound fractures.

The late Mr Sangbagu went beyond the traditional treatment practices to open a modern clinic called "Duong Bone Setting Clinic". Over there clinical records were kept and used for research purposes by some institutions of higher learning.

He has trained numerous apprentices who operate auxiliary clinics across the country.

Mr Sangbagu had consistently maintained a minimum of five of his graduates at the clinic to ensure continuity.

In recognition of those contributions to knowledge and national development, the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture conferred on him the title "National Living Human Treasure."

Mr Sangbagu died at the age of 89 and has since been buried at the family cemetery near the Bone Clinic. Final funeral rites would be announced later.


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