The Former President and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has made a call for the use of traditional medicine in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
John Mahama made the call on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, while announcing the donation of food items to some 20,000 households in areas hard hit by the partial lockdown.
“It is time to explore the role of alternative medicine and traditional remedies in the fight against the Coronavirus. Some traditional medicines are known to boost the immune system and can help both in the prevention of people succumbing to the disease and also play a role as palliative function in the management of persons suffering from COVID-19,” he said.
Although currently, there is no known cure or vaccine to fight COVID-19, Mr Mahama believes the use of traditional medicines could play a role in the fight.
For the time being, health officials, however, recommend the frequent washing of hands with soap under running water, usage of alcohol-based sanitizers as well as keeping hands off the face.
Also, individuals are advised to consume Vitamins C to boost their immune system.
The use of COA FS could cure COVID-19.
Meanwhile, some people have made claimed that a locally produced dietary supplement known as COA FS could cure COVID-19.
But Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) says it has neither independently tested nor verified COA FS as a treatment for COVID-19.
The Institute indicated after some media publications claimed that Noguchi had approved the local medicine for treatment for COVID-19 patients.
NMIMR said no independent test or verification has been done on COA FS to approve it for the treatment of COVID-19.
In an interview with Director of NMIMR, Prof Abraham Kwabena Annan, he said:
“We have not tested it so…as to whether it will work against it [Coronavirus], it has to be tested. We are in touch with the manufacturers but we are not the ones who will test it under the circumstances. The GHS, FDA, ourselves and other parties must come together to determine how that kind of thing works,” said in an interview.