GMA General Secretary Discards the use of herbal medicine to fight COVID-19.

GMA General Secretary Discards the use of herbal medicine to fight COVID-19.

The General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson has discarded the use of herbal medicine and concoctions to treat coronavirus.

He was speaking on ‘The Lockdown’ show on Sunday on JoyNews where he mentioned that he will not endorse anything of that nature.

“The virus is a worldwide problem, a global pandemic and we are all trying our best to deal with it,” he said.

He urged the public to follow prescribed protocols instituted by global medical professionals to treat the virus rather than adopt the use of herbal treatments to fight coronavirus.

“We should follow standardized activities and when I say standardized activities, I mean the rightly prescribed drugs for the management of COVID-19.”

According to Dr. Yankson, the herbal medicine can only be used if it is certified and must go through due process to be approved if not certified, otherwise if used, it can pose a threat to human health.

“If somebody claims that we have some medication. It has to go through the standard protocols for it to be certified as a drug that can be used for such.”

“You might end up doing that and complicate your problem because the COVID-19 itself will not be killed in terms of the virus being dealt with and then these several concoctions you are taking may also give you other problems by way of drug safety and its related issues,” he added.

Dr. Yankson strongly advised against the use of herbal medicine to fight coronavirus if it has not been certified.

The Ghana Health Service reports that the country’s COVID-19 confirmed cases are currently at 566 with eight deaths and four recoveries as of April 13, 2020.

What is the treatment for COVID-19?

Currently, there’s no vaccine against the novel coronavirus. Researchers are still working on creating an effective vaccine specifically for this virus, as well as potential treatments for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, fluids to reduce the risk of dehydration, medication to reduce a fever, supplemental oxygen in more severe cases and a respirator for those who may find it difficult to breathe on their own are the temporary treatment measures being used now.

However, here are some treatment options that are currently being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 symptoms.

Remdesivir, Chloroquine, Lopinavir and ritonavir, APN01, and Favilavir are the drugs currently being investigated as a treatment for coronavirus.