Former Kibwezi West MP Kalembe Ndile now appeals to the government to recognize and support herbalists to develop a cure for coronavirus.
Ndile says that the fight against the virus requires concerted efforts from all health stakeholders.
Ndile was addressing the press in Machakos on Sunday.
According to the former legislator, the national government should explore all possible remedies to the crisis, since there is no known cure for coronavirus.
“We should not forget that our herbalists have always treated several diseases, including chronic illnesses. We have seen them treat many diseases with symptoms similar to those of Covid-19.” Says Ndile.
Ndile’s sentiments come a few days after Zimbabwe’s government authorized traditional herbalists to treat coronavirus patients.
This move was however met with a lot of skepticism from health experts, saying that the pandemic must be approached with a lot of caution.
About three weeks ago, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health asked the country’s main COVID-19 treatment center in Harare to consider involving a herbalist who claimed to have a cure for the virus.
However, Dr. Nyika Mahachi, the president of Zimbabwe College of Public Health Physicians, said the government cannot take chances with traditional medicine.
The latest data from the The Ministry of Health indicates that Kenya has recorded 374 coronavirus cases, 14 deaths, and 124 recoveries as of April 28.
The Covid-19 disease which was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019 has killed at least 212,221 people with at least 3,062,557 infections and 906,358 recoveries as of April 28.