Zambian man from Chipata dies after taking herbs to cure infertility

A RESIDENT of Chipata’s Nabvutika compound who took traditional herbs to cure his infertility has died at Chipata General Hospital.

Israel Nthele died in the early hours of Thursday.

Hospital medical superintendent Dr Daniel Makawa confirmed Nthele’s death in an interview yesterday and said the deceased seemed to have had a social problem.On Wednesday, Nthele’s wife Victoria Zulu said her husband took some herbs from a named traditional doctor to cure his infertility.

Zulu said Nthele was first taken to Kapata Urban Health Clinic on Tuesday before being referred to Chipata General Hospital.

“Aba echimwa mankhwala achiboyi chifukwa ofuna chipaso (He took traditional medicine because he wanted a child). What happened is that he prepared his traditional medicine in my presence, he first ate nshima that I prepared; from there, he went to the bedroom to take his medicine that he added to porridge.
When I later went to check on him around 09:00 hours, he was not talking; he was just staring and his hands and legs were paralysed,” she said.

Asked how they discovered who had a fertility problem between them, Zulu said it was her husband because she once fell pregnant when she was in school.

“I once delivered (a child) and I am his second wife because the first wife left,” she said, adding that police have summoned the traditional healer who gave Nthele the medicine. Zulu said the police had indicated that they were waiting for medical tests on the herbs to ascertain whether they were poisonous.

Eastern Province deputy police commissioner Patrick Bili said police were still investigating the matter.

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