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Traditional Healers Blamed for Accidental Poisonings

July 19, 1993

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) _ Witch doctors are being accused of unintentionally poisoning many of their patients with ancient cures.

Charles Nhachi, a professor at the University of Zimbabwe, said Monday that a study found traditional healers’ potions were responsible for nearly 23 percent of poisoning cases reported to six city hospitals the past 10 years.

Household chemicals accounted for about 19 percent, snake and insect bites and conventional medicines 17 percent each and insecticides 15 percent, he said.

Zimbabwe has approximately 20,000 registered witch doctors.

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