indica News Bureau –
World Health Organization has issued a statement in which it says that it is investigating the effect of the traditional medical products for the treatment of COVID-19.
“ It recognises that traditional, complementary and alternative medicine has many benefits and Africa has a long history of traditional medicine and practitioners that play an important role in providing care to populations.”
A group of researchers in the Edo state recently came up with a traditional medicine. They said that they have produced a herbal drug which is quite efficient in the treatment of COVID-19. NAFDAC has however insisted that it has not approved any herbal cure for COVID-19.
WHO referred to plants like Artemisia annua which are being seen as one of the possible ways to treat COVID-19. It said that such plants need to be tested for its efficacy as well as the adverse side effects. In a statement, WHO said:
“Africans deserve to use medicines tested to the same standards as people in the rest of the world. Even if therapies are derived from traditional practice and natural, establishing their efficacy and safety through rigorous clinical trials is critical.”
Further the organization said that it is working with research institutions to see the effects of traditional medicine in the treatment of the disease. WHO has assured all such institutions who are working on traditional medicine as a treatment option for COVID-19. The statement from WHO mentioned support for all such organizations:
“As they explore the role of traditional health practitioners in prevention, control, and early detection of the virus as well as case referral to health facilities, as efforts are underway 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 statement further added: “WHO welcomes every opportunity to collaborate with countries and researchers to develop new therapies and encourages such collaboration for the development of effective and safe therapies for Africa and the world.”