The erstwhile blunt and opinionated traditional doctor of the day, Doctor Richard Fru has kept the rendezvous with his people- the population of Buea, Cameroon and the press corps. This was on August 31st 2010 at the Buea headquarters of Dr. Fru’s Garden of Eden Healing and Research Foundation.
In celebrating this year’s African traditional Medicine Day, Dr Richard Fru began the day with free consultations. Hundreds of patients trooped into the garden situated at Muea, Buea By 3 p.m, it was the turn of press men who had come into the historic town from all over Cameroon.
The press conference which was moderated by CUJ Regional Chapter president and CRTV senior journalist Matute Menyole began with a press statement, indicating Dr Fru’s commitment to make it a point of duty each year, as has been the case since 2003, to commemorate the day adequately. With the spirit of the Garden enriching all spiritually, morally, physically and mentally, Dr Fru informed all that he recently attended the Global Summit in Ghana early in August where he talked on HIV/AIDS He stated that while out there, he cautioned fellow Africans to not condole with all conventional distribution publicity. Dr. Fru went extra lengths to talk on the dangers we face if we keep dancing to the rhythm of conventional doctors.
He concluded his press conference with answers to a series of questions from the journalists, to whom he dished out satisfactory answers. One of the points raised was whether Dr Fru will be ready to sign a pact with CANIASEJ to accept treating an HIV positive patient tested in a conventional clinic. Dr Fru threw back the challenge at the conventional doctors, for to him, he will never trust their ways since they are always bent on cashing traditional doctors.
The day ended with all having a taste of the Garden Teas, lectures, exhibition and a gala night that crowned all with prizes dished out to some deserving students of the Foundation.