Effanga Francis Umoh, a physically-challenged waste collector in a market in Calabar, Cross River State, in a chat with Vanguard revealed that he doesn’t go the hospital when sick, but drinks native herbs and smokes marijuana to get cured.
According to Umoh who shuffles his king-size basket filled with waste to point of disposal while crawling on his buttocks, it was lack of money that pushed him into using marijuana as medical therapy.
“The money the market women pay to pack their refuse cannot even buy me enough food to eat and igbo (marijuana) to cool my body, so which one do I take to the hospital for treatment? .
I stay at home and buy herbs from Mallam and smoke some igbo and God always cures me. Even when I have sores on my body because of scratching on the ground, I burn the sores with igbo and I get well.” .
Asked why he does not sit at one spot and beg for alms rather than undertaking the laborious activity to make money, he said:
“I am an Efik man and we do not beg for alms in any circumstance because we are a proud nation. So I will rather work than bring shame to my people.”
Vanguard reported that a close look at his body showed spots of healed sores and some fresh ones spread all over his body, backing up his claim that he ‘heals’ the wounds by burning them with marijuana fire.