Call for traditional leaders to lift ban on Western meds in initiation schools

12 January 2020 - 00:00 By MPUMZI ZUZILE

Traditional leaders and the Eastern Cape government want initiation schools to end their ban on Western medication after the death of five initiates with pre-existing illnesses. Most of the 28 young men who died during the December initiation season succumbed to dehydration and septicaemia, while one burnt to death

A preliminary Eastern Cape health department report says the five young men died due to chronic cardiac problems, asthma, TB, epileptic fits and allegedly defaulting on antiretroviral treatment...

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