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However, like modern medicine traditional medicine has its drawbacks too: Quantity, timing, disease staging are all arbitrarily done.
To make things even worst, anyone can claim to be a traditional doctor. All they need is to put up a sign post and people will come to consult the very day.
The severe economic conditions in Cameroon has made this a viable option for many scrupulous individuals from Cameroon and neighboring nations to make a living for themselves at the detriment of the poor and ignorant.
The attraction of the people to this form of healthcare is primarily the cost.
The traditional doctors or "melicine man" as they are commonly called demand just a few cents to a few dollars( one to five).
Any goods their clients or patients brings is also an acceptable form of payment for services rendered.
The lack of regulation on the practice of traditional doctors puts the most disadvantages people in the Cameroonian society at risk.
There is no follow-up, record-keeping or accountability of any kind on the practice.
Due to Cameroon's rich biodiversity, this African country has proven to be a heaven for traditional doctors from all over African and for modern pharmaceutical drug research efforts.
For instance, Cameroon Korup national park has the largest tree specie of any rainforest in the world. It is of interest to United state's National Cancer Institute for the plant Ancistrocladus korupensis for its fight against AIDS.
Cameroon Korup National park is the largest and most famous project ever by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF).
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