Getting a note from the witch doctor

Zimbabwean employers to recognize tribal healers for sick days

In Zimbabwe, workers can claim official sick days with a note from a tribal healer, also known as a witch doctor.

Only members of the state-approved Traditional Medical Practitioners Council can grant sick leave of up to one week, the country's deputy health minister Edwin Maguti recently told a gathering of traditional healers and herbalists.

The council has 1,500 members throughout the African nation.

Zimbabwe's ailing economy has hurt government health services and the announcement was a move to improve the collaboration of traditional healers in providing health care.

Maguti said medical doctors would also be encouraged to refer patients to traditional healers for additional treatments.

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