Saturday, September 16, 2006
Traditional bone healing in Logara
By Desmond Ejikeme Okechukwu
LOGARA is made up of five villages namely: Umuokeada, Ngali, Obohia, Eziama and Awogwu. Logara is in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State. Traditional bone healing is the treatment of bone with traditional or native method using local materials to effect healing.
Traditional bone healing has given Logara a pride of place in the history of Imo State and indeed Nigeria, because of her men and women of mental and creative capabilities, as well as bone healing potentials which is a legacy transferred from generations to generations.
ORIGIN: There was no documentary evidence on how the power to heal bones came about but one school of thought believed on the story of one of the forefathers called Duru, who did favour for a woman and the woman blessed him with the power to heal bones as his reward for humility and love for her, and even said that he and his generations would feed on the healing power for ever, and till today, all the descendants of Duru or Umuduru as it is called today in Eziama Logara, practice bone healing without formal training. Again others hold it that a Spirit woman blessed him with the power to heal bones. However, which -ever is the case, it is an established fact that bone healing exist in Logara as the only natural orthopaedic out-fit within the region.
METHODOLOGY: Fractures, such as dislocation, waist, back and neck pains or any part of the body that consist of the human bone were spoken to and then massaged with the hand and healing will take place. However, there are varying degrees of fractures that may require a traditional application, for instance, the fore leg of an antelope will be used to massage the fracture and then followed with red-mud mixed with fresh pepper and palm-wine would be applied on the affected side which may take up to three- four times application to foster healing.
There were indications where people’s legs and hands were recommended for amputation by various hospitals in Nigeria but who were privileged to be taken to Eziama Logara, received their normal hands and legs completely free from amputation.
During the Nigerian-Biafra Civil War, Logara served as the only orthopaedic outfit as people, especially, soldiers with bone related problems were treated and healed. Again, this was made possible because of the Training Depo at Logara, Beme Workshop also in Logara and the nearness at the theater of War; for instance the Obiangwu Battle Field, the Umuneke Ngor Battle Field, and the Afor-Umuohiagu air raid disaster that claimed more than 1000 lives and more than 2,500 people wounded most of which has bone related problems, were treated at Logara for quick and immediate recovery, so that they can be redeployed immediately due to lack of able bodied men to fight for the Biafran cause.
It is a plain truth that no matter how a human bone is scattered by bullet or fractures due to accident, the moment that person comes to Eziama Logara, and believe it or not it will be treated and healed accordingly even till today and indeed for ever. Little wonder when a District Manager in NEPA, 1984, was saved from leg amputation exclaimed thus: “God bless this country with men and material resources, with oil and gas even with bone healing in Logara and many others which we don’t know.”
CONCLUSION: In 1991, a documentary was aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on a South-Korea man who claimed that leaves talked to him for the treatment of Cancer which was transferred to him by his late father was employed in the South-Korean Government Specialist Hospital for the treatment of cancer which recorded about 95 per cent success according to the documentary. Accordingly, the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should harness the potentials in Logara to achieve a near 100 per cent success in bone healing for the benefit of mankind.
It can even be attractive to other countries of the world because P.O.P. does not guarantee a 50 per cent success as compared with the traditional bone healing in Logara.
It is expected that government should make Logara a Trado-Medical Orthopaedic Hospital to guarantee various bone problems in the country.
• Desmond EjikemeOkechukwu is at National War Museum, Umuahia
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