Govt urged to invest in research on Covid-19 herbal treatment

By ZBC reporter

Traditional medical practitioners have underscored the need to strengthen collaborative research in looking for a cure for Covid-19 amid concern over the surge in cases locally and across the globe.

Founder of the Zimbabwe National Practitioners Association Friday Chisanyu implored the government to put more resources on herbal research as a way of strengthening treatment of the pandemic.

“Collaboration between herbal treatment and scientific treatment has not been fully explored in the country like what we are witnessing in some of the developed nations like China.”

Chisanyu underscored the need to explore more on homegrown solutions in the fight against Covid-19.

“It is not a secret that herbal treatment is considered one of the alternative approaches in the treatment of Covid-19 as the search for treatment continues worldwide.”

Herbal medicine is considered one of the alternative approaches in the treatment of Covid-19. In China, the National Health Commission has declared the use of herbal medicine combined with Western medicine as a treatment for the pandemic.

The government has through the Ministry of Health and Child Care acknowledged the use of herbal medicines saying it is strengthening collaborative research on the use of herbal and scientific methods of treatment.

Meanwhile, Russia has become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine after less than two months of trials.