- The Traditional Healers' Organisation has urged the government and African leadership to unite
- The group wants to forge an African health organisation that embraces traditional medicine
- Many feel that traditional medicine should not be ignored in the battle against Covid-19
The Traditional Healers' Organisation has called on the South African government and African Union leaders to create an African version of the World Health Organisation.
Traditional African medicine, in the organisation's view, should be embraced and the relevance of indigenous remedies should not be cast aside amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
With the popularity of African medicines increasing in South Africa, the use of Umhlonyane or Artemisia is skyrocketing amid the outbreak.
While the World Health Organisation has cautioned against untested medicines, it has made funding available to pursue research into this area.
Briefly.co.za reported that Madagascar had begun producing and distributing its own traditional remedy for the coronavirus, to mixed reception amongst leaders.
Nevertheless, traditional healers have encouraged the government to consider their value in the fight against the virus.
SABC reports that Phepsile Maseko weighed in on the matter, pointing out that numerous universities are carrying out research in this regard.
“As the Traditional Healers Organisation, we are saying that communities in Africa should come together and put pressure on governments to ensure that within the AU at least, we have our own African health organisation. We took 24 medicinal plants and one of the plants in that was Umhlonyane of course. We were able to reduce the list of plants to 8 in the laboratories, in the university of Free State. But we are not happy that the Department of Health keeps dragging its feet – we would like to see them putting money into this programme.”
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