Exterior view: a physician is examining a young boy. Verso: World Health. November/December 1959. WHO/7103. Africa-From the era of witch doctor to the era of physician. Africa is moving not only from the pastoral era to that of the engineers, but also from the era of witch doctors to the era of physicians. While the unofficial statistics of the latter suggest, with reason, that Africans have more and more confidence in modern mediicine, helped by the endeavours of teachers, those who know the contient well say that most Africians, at least in rural areas, go both to physician ans witch doctor. One of WHO's alims is to aid governements to educate more health personnel, not only doctors but also nurses, midwives, health assistants, health educators, nutritionists, sanitary engineers ans staticians, in order to be able to meet the enormous health needs of Africa. Dr. Clovis Akindes of Porto-Novo, Dahomsy, is one of the many African doctors trained by the Medical School at Dakar. Attached to the service that organise campaigns against the sweeping endemic diseases, he is particularly concerned with malaria, but must, nevertheless, take care of all the ills that he sees in the course of his daily round. Leprosy? suspicipous signs man this child must go to the hospital.
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