The Ghana Association of Medical Herbalists says it has identified herbs which have the potential to serve as a cure for the global COVID–19 pandemic.
According to the Association, it has undertaken studies on the pathology of the virus and knows some herbal medications which have the potency to combat the virus.
This comes as a relief as scientists and health experts across the world, make frantic efforts to develop a vaccine for the fast-spreading virus.
The virus since its outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan has transcended borders infecting nearly 5 million people across the world according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at the John Hopkins University and altering the normal way of life of people.
In a media engagement, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Association, Dr. Prince Osei urged the government to incorporate herbal medications in the treatment of COVID–19 cases in the country.
“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 some medicines that can be used the herbal way. With this observation, we believe herbal medicine can make headway in the management of COVID–19,” he said.
He further suggested that infected persons should be given the liberty to make a choice of their preferred treatment and appealed to the government to designate isolation centers to those who request to be given herbal medicine treatment.
“There are medications but the Association is pleading that if possible, there could be isolation centers dedicated to patients who would want to use the herbal medicine. I believe there are a lot of patients who would want to use herbal medicine but because of the treatment protocol, anyone who has been diagnosed now would have to be sent to the isolation centers whose medications are orthodox for now,” he added.
Meanwhile there are early signs of a global COVID–19 vaccine as a trial drug appeared to have protected six rhesus macaque monkeys from contracting the virus after exposure to it in the US.
The monkeys are said to have a similar immune system to that of humans. The vaccine is now undergoing human trials to ascertain if it can also prevent humans from contracting the virus.
Despite this, the World Health Organization has issued a caution of the possibility of a second wave of the virus as countries continue to ease restrictions to mitigate the impact of the virus on their economies.
Ghana’s case count of the global pandemic now stands at 5,918 with 1,754 recoveries and 31 deaths as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020.