The Ghana Association of Medical Herbalists believes it has the cure for the novel coronavirus which has since infected nearly 6,000 persons in the country.
According to the Association, they have studied the pathology of the virus and are aware of some herbal medications that can be used to defeat it.
Speaking on Behind the Headlines on Radio Univers, Public Relations Officer of the Association, Dr. Prince Osei, asked the government to consider a herbal approach to enhance Ghana’s recovery rate.
“We believe that some of the medications used by herbal practitioners could be used to fight the virus. Looking at the pathology of the virus, we have studied it to know how it works and there are medicines that can be used the herbal way. With this observation, we believe herbal medicine can make a headway in the management of COVID-19,” he said.
Dr. Prince Osei also suggested that persons who contract the virus could be given the options on the kind of treatment they preferred – whether they would opt to be treated the herbal way or be given orthodox medication.
He believes that the government could dedicate isolation centres to be used to manage the cases of persons who decide to be given herbal treatment.
“There are medications but the Association is pleading that if possible, there could be isolation centers dedicated for patients who would want to use herbal medicine. I believe there are a lot of patients who would want to use herbal medicines but because of the treatment protocol, anyone who has been diagnosed now would have to be sent to the isolation centres whose medications are orthodox for now,” Dr. Osei added.
According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), about 4.8 million person have been affected by the virus globally.
Government’s are racing to find cure for the disease which has been described by some as the biggest threat to human existence.
Whilst there is early hope for a vaccine, the World Health Organization has warned that the virus may never go away.
However, in Madagascar, an organic herbal beverage has been manufactured and citizens have been urged to to patronize it to protect themselves from the disease.
“Let’s drink this herbal tea to protect ourselves, to protect our family and our neighbors […] and there will be no more deaths,” President Andry Rajoelina said in a speech on Sunday night, according to local daily L’express de Madagascar.
Coronavirus situation in Ghana
As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Ghana has recorded 5,918 positive cases of the virus with 1,754 recoveries.
31 persons have succumbed to the disease.
Story by: Kwaku Bonnah | universnewsroom.com