Some African nations have decided to go for herbal therapy against warnings by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other medical stakeholders.
As much as they intend to follow WHO regulations for solutions, the solutions seems far fetched and too-delayed for them. Also, it has been hinted by experts that WHO solution for Covid-19 may only reach Africa late next year.
WHO has warned against using untested herbal therapies to treat coronavirus patients without first establishing their efficacy and safety through rigorous clinical trials in step with global standards.
The President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina has not backed down on promoting the herbal therapy (tonic) invented in his country as one of the solutions to treat Covid-19.
WHO said recently that Rajoelina is pushing a traditional tonic to try to treat coronavirus patients across the continent though the product has not been subjected to international standards to validate its efficacy and safety.
The world health body postulates that the use of the tonic could accelerate resistance to an ingredient that has proven effective in treating malaria. Dr. Arthur Grollman, an experimental expert said this may consequentially worsen the risk related deadly infection.
Meanwhile, WHO also acknowledges that medicinal plants such as Artemisia annua, from which the tonic is made, are “being considered as possible treatments” but stresses they “should be tested for efficacy and adverse side effects.
WHO asserts that: “As efforts are under way to find treatment for COVID-19, caution must be taken against misinformation, especially on social media, about the effectiveness of certain remedies.
Many plants and substances are being proposed without the minimum requirements and evidence of quality, safety and efficacy. The use of products to treat COVID-19, which have not been robustly investigated can put people in danger, giving a false sense of security and distracting them from hand washing and physical distancing which are cardinal in COVID-19 prevention, and may also increase self-medication and the risk to patient safety”.
Considering herbal therapy as a viable option to treat Covid-19 is not only thriving in Madagascar but in many different African countries.
Generally, Africans believe they are the most disadvantaged in terms of medical advancement and the most feasible and affordable solution for them will be herbal therapy.
It is also being theorised that some power and money mongers are discouraging Africans from exploring herbal solution to push them toward Western medical solution which will be bring the money mongers more money.
The options to allow traditional medicine research toward finding a solution for Covid-19 is getting more popular amongst African leaders by the day, as there is no other solution from other ‘acclaimed advanced sources’.