Could herbal treatment be the answer to the deadly coronavirus? The government of Zimbabwe believes so. In recent years, the treatments and remedies used in traditional African medicine have gained more appreciation from researchers in science.
In Zimbabwe, the government has authorized herbalists to treat coronavirus patients. However, medical experts have urged the government to stick to WHO guidelines on how to contain the virus.
On Monday, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health delivered a letter to the head of the country’s main COVID-19 treatment centre in Harare, asking him to consider using a herbalist, who claims to have a cure for the virus, according to a VOA report.
The president of Zimbabwe Traditional Practitioners Association, Tribert Chishanyu, is happy that President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s government is allowing herbalists to treat coronavirus-positive Zimbabweans.
“Traditional medicine practice is older… than science and it is accepted by the majority of Zimbabweans,” Chishanyu said, adding that, “If modern scientists are given opportunities to try whenever there is an emergency disease (outbreak), why can’t we do the same to traditional medicine practice? We are treating symptoms related to COVID-19, so by (some) chance we may be able to treat COVID-19.”