By Boris Esono Nwenfor
(Cameroon-PAV) The Douala Metropolitan Archbishop His Grace Samuel Kleda has said that for his herbal medication to be considered a possible cure for the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, studies need to be carried out on those who recovered after taking the medicine.
The Bishop was speaking to reporters of Equinox Television Sunday, April 26 to provide more clarity on this herbal concoction against the Coronavirus.
Bishop Samuel Kleda had earlier announced through an interview with the state broadcaster CRTV that some staff of the Diocesan health services who tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic recovered after taking a herbal treatment he came up with.
"Given that I already knew the plants according to the symptoms of the Coronavirus, I have simply put together these combinations, prepared them and given to persons with the symptoms and they were relieved," the clergyman said." "All we want is that the persons shouldn't die," He said.
The prelate with 30years of medicinal plant research experience hinted that though the COVID-19 patients to who were administered the medication responded positively and regained their health, he cannot affirm the medicine is a cure to the pandemic.
“…But, we need to be very careful, I am not implying I found a cure for the Coronavirus. Before affirming such, thorough studies need to be carried out and persons who took the medicine examined to be sure it kills the virus…” His Grace Samuel Kleda said.
He further disclosed that they will continue administering the treatment to patients who will present themselves at the Codas Caritas of the St Paul parish in Nylon, Douala in the Littoral region of Cameroon. The treatment is administered at no cost.
According to information, the Minister of Public Health Dr Manoauda Malachie has dispatched a team to study the treatment to produce it on a large scale for the general public.
Some leaders in Cameroon have already thrown their weight behind the Bishop in the fight against the coronavirus. In a release signed Monday, April 27th by Olivier Bibou Nissack, spokesman of Maurice Kamto, the party has called on individuals to get to the Bishop Kleda and "establish links for any help he will need for the massive production of medicine for the treatment of coronavirus in Cameroon."
This latest news comes as Africans and leaders have taken upon themselves to look for medicines for the coronavirus, and not waiting for the West to produce a cure first. These people are turning to traditional medications.
After Madagascar launched the herbal coronavirus "cure", the World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no proof of a cure for Covid-19, and called for caution.
Madagascar's national medical academy (Anamem) has also cast doubt on the efficacy of Andry Rajoelina's touted prevention and remedy. It said it had the potential to damage people's health as its "scientific evidence had not been established".
As of April 29, Cameroon has recorded one thousand eight hundred and six (1,806) confirmed cases of the coronavirus. 915 persons have recovered from the virus, while 59 people have died.