There have been reports of some African countries recommending untested traditional medicine for the treatment of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Health experts are cautioning against this, maintaining that there is not yet a proven cure for COVID19.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that the use of products which have not yet 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. Further it may also increase self-medication and the risk to patient safety.
However, the WHO said they would welcome an 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.
WHO is working with research institutions to select traditional medicine products which can be investigated for clinical efficacy and safety for COVID-19 treatment. In addition, the Organization will continue to support countries 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.
Follow this link for details: https://www.afro.who.int/news/who-supports-scientifically-proven-traditional-medicine