The Head and National Coordinator of the Traditional Healers Organization of South Africa, Dr Phephisile Maseko has passed on following a short illness.
Dr Maseko, represented Mpumalanga in the national structure and played a pivotal role in advocating for traditional healers and natural medicine in modern systems and societies.
She recently made headlines in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 when she presented case studies of African traditional medicine treatment options and plants for Covid-19 remedies.
She pointed out that traditional medicine is not only affordable and accessible but also effective in symptomatic management of Covid-19.
Throughout her outstanding work and life, she has been lobbying for traditional healers to be included and trained in all levels of planning and implementation of treatment and prevention.
She has advocated that the AU establish an African health organization and has held lectures and efforts to reduce cancer risks using natural solutions and remedies.
MEC for Health in Mpumalanga, Sasekani Manzini sent her condolences to family and friends. She also was saddened on the loss of a woman who was was described as someone who brought hope to many and believed in traditional medicine.
“This is a great loss to all of us, for the country and the people of Mpumalanga. We were in the right path to collaborate tradition medicines and western for the people of our country. It is not only Mpumalanga who have lost but the entire country. She will be greatly missed but her legacy will live on” said MEC.