By Simeon OSAJIE
In order to render humanitarian services to mankind, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Benin Traditional Bone Setting Centre, Benin City, Chief (Dr.) David Adaa Ekhoutomwen, has explained the reason behind his continues in bone setting business in Edo State.
In an interview with The9JaTREND in Benin City, Chief Ekhoutomwen who is the Ovienzowoba of Benin Kingdom said he is still in the business because of the passion he has for humanity.
A professional accountant, Dr. Ekhoutomwen explained that the use of herbal medicine to set or rearrange bones of those who had an accident in whatever manner also help to keep the traditional orthodox ways of arranging bones.
He said, his forefathers are the people that taught him how to set broken bones.
“I have been in this bone setting trade from childhood. I am 81 years old, my forefathers taught me how to use herbal medicine to treat people who have broken bones. What make me remain in the bone setting business is because everyday people get accidents, and l do it with passion.
“We don’t pray for people to get involved in accident, but as far as people have accidents on daily basis, there must be a place where they can receive treatment with orthodox herbal medicine. The need to serve humanity and keep the sustainability of herbal orthodox treatment can no5 be overemphasized.
“This is a trade that have been in our family lineage for many years, from my great, great grand father’s to my father, and to me.”
Speaking on the successes and gains recorded in the business so far, Chief Ekhoutomwen said: “the secret of the bone success is good herbal treatment for your patients. It is good treatment that sustain the business since it inception.”
“Most of our patients are from outside the state. Our charges are moderate, we don’t charge high, because that will scare them.
Commenting on how they source their herbal materials, Chief Ekhoutomwen, said, “at times, we go to the bush to source for our herbal materials which we used to treat our patients. The herbs that we cannot get from the bush, we buy them in the markets.
“Those we treat and get better, when they go home, they tell others our good work news. When the bones are scattered we used our fingers, as x-rays to re-arranged those broken bones.”
Chief Ekhoutomwen, who retired as Chief Auditor, said, the advance in technology development lead to increase in accidents and injuries sustained by people brings more patronage to them.
He appealed to government and other stakeholders in health sector to support them with some equipments.
In his comments, the Resident Doctor of the Benin Traditional Bone Setting Centre, Benin City, Edo state, Dr. Louis Adaa Aimuamwosa, begged government at all levels and well kind individuals to come to their aid by helping them to get more bed-spaces, cluches for patients and other facilities.
More so, in an interview with some patients in the Bone Setting Centre revealed that, the patient are happy about the quick recovery of their health since they came to the Centre.
For Mr. Friday Omokaro, a 47 years old commercial driver, with three children, said, he had an accident on his way from Benin to Iguobazuwa in Ovia South-West local area of Edo state.
Omokaro explained that, he has been receiving treatment in the Centre since a month and two weeks now. He expressed happiness about the quick recovery of his heath that he can now walk with cluches at present.
Also, Mrs. Flourish a 65 years old woman from Orlu in Imo state, said her children who reside in Benin city, brought her to the treatment Centre. She said, she came three weeks and some days ago. She thanked God that she is improving now.