A growing lack of trust in authority poses a serious danger to our health (4)

1 July, 2019

I am profoundly humbled getting a feedback from you Dr. Joseph Ana. [Joseph Ana, Nigeria: http://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/growing-lack-trust-authority-poses-serio... I value it so much. You have made important comments and highlighted some points which I learnt a number things.

Comment 1. Hifa has been an excellent network which I joined from the very beginning and I have benefited a lot in learning about healthcare and information and tapping wisdom from the gurus like you. So integrating Herbal Medicine into the mainstream of Medicine is a good idea so long as same rigorous scientific trials and testing are followed. It is true dosages and other measurements are a serious concern, for example a 5 litre container may prescribed by a traditional herbalist. We should trust vaccines which been tried, Tested and results documented in credible journals like The Lancet, New England Medical Journal, Cochrane Library, Africa Medical Journal etc.

Comment 2. Multilingualism is important but Africa has so many languages, which causes big challenges.

Comment 3. Let me bring to your attention that testing Herbal Medicine takes far too Long. For instance Sondashi Formula by a Zambian herbalist has taken so many decades for approval so many trials and tests have been done in Zambia and other countries to treat Hiv but results are not yet maybe I am not aware. [Note from HIFA moderator (NPW): A quick google search has found no evidence that the Sondashi formula is effective.]

Comment 4. However, my discussion was about the literate western colleagues who may know the dangers of vaccines that they have reservations on taking drugs and their counter parts in Rwanda and Southern countries according to the author who posted the discussion. [Note from HIFA moderator (NPW): The perceived 'dangers' of vaccines are very often incorrect, exaggerated, and/or based on misinformation.]

HIFA profile: Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management. He is co-author of The development of telehealth as a strategy to improve health care services in Zambia. Kenneth L. Chanda & Jean G. Shaw. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 133139, June 2010. He recently retired as Assistant Medical Librarian at the University of Zambia. klchanda AT gmail.com