The president of the Traditional Medicines Practices Council (TMPC) Friday Chisanyu has cautioned against herbalists
and traditional healers who were claiming to have herbs that cure COVID-19.
Chisanyu when some traditional healers are claiming to have found the remedy for the deadly coronavirus. They claim that Zumbane, an indigenous shrub, could be used as a vaccine for coronavirus. Nyasanyu said:
Let me clarify this matter and say there is no cure for COVID-19 yet. As traditional healers, we are keen to find the cure but people should not lie.
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People are just taking advantage and that is why we have a sudden mushrooming of herbalists claiming that they have found a cure.
He added that Zumbane is one of the locally known remedies for respiratory diseases as it “works well in opening-up
airways and relieves those with shortness of breath,”
Chisanyu added that even after using the herb, people still have to go to the hospital for diagnosis as it has not yet been proven to be a cure for COVID-19.
Although tests are being conducted on humans globally, no vaccine has been scientifically proven yet.