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26.02.2006 Regional News

Gwollu Bonesetters appeal to government for more Assistance


Gwollu (UW), Feb 26, GNA - Traditional bonesetters in Gwollu the Sissala West District capital on Sunday appealed to the government to assist them with First Aid facilities and water at their treatment centre to facilitate their work. Mr Abudu Babia, the leader of the bonesetters, said the centre was not only a treatment clinic but also a tourist centre because tourists visit the centre to witness how the treatment was administered. The bonesetters made this appeal when Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey Minister of Tourism and the Modernization of the Capital City, visited the clinic as part of his two-day tour of the Upper West Region. The bonesetters asked for bandages, First Aid drugs and commended the government for putting up the clinic but appealed for more infrastructures to accommodate the ever-increasing number of patients. "Sometimes it is pathetic to find patients and their caretakers lying outside the building due to the insufficient accommodation at the centre."

Reacting to their appeal Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey said he would collaborate with the Minister of Health to find out how they could be helped to overcome their challenges. He appealed to patients and their caretakers to also show some level of appreciation by paying "something small" to sustain operations at the centre.

The minister suggested to them to collaborate with the Sissala West District Assembly to acquire facilities for the centre. The bonesetters do not charge anything for the treatment but depend on the token that patients give out after their treatment. As a result they are unable to sustain the centre because they cannot raise enough funds for the operations. They therefore rely on the government and other charity organizations to be able to take care of their numerous patients.