Zimbabwe’s Minister of Health and Child Care, Doctor Obadiah Moyo has said the country is considering coming up with a herbal remedy to the novel coronavirus.
He made the remarks on Tuesday in Parliament when he appeared before the Doubt Ndiweni-led Parliamentary
Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care. He said:
We have seen Madagascar coming up with their form of therapy and in Zimbabwe everything is being put on clinical trial and must be approved by the World Health Organisation to ensure that any claim to a cure is relevant and correct.
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Madagascar has a herbal drink, COVID-Organics, which has been endorsed by that country’s leadership including the president.
The herbal remedy which is made up of a herbal tonic, produced from the artemisia plant has however not yet been approved by the World Health Organisation albeit some governments purchasing it for use in their own countries.
Moyo’s remarks come when there are some traditional healers who are claiming that Zumbane, a local shrub, can cure the deadly virus.
These reports were however refuted by the president of the Traditional Medicines Practices Council (TMPC) Friday Chisanyu who however observed that the herb has numerous benefits including ability open-up airways and relieving.