Zimbabwe looks to traditional medicine for Covid-19 cure

indafrica June 8, 2020
Updated 2020/06/08 at 4:44 AM

The government of Zimbabwe says it has incorporated traditional knowledge systems in the national Covid-19 strategy with an emphasis on scientific researches on traditional medicines in line with the World Health Organisation standards.

Presenting his Ministerial Update on Covid-19 in the National Assembly this week, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo noted that the government recognises the use of traditional medicine.

“As part of our national strategy we have started to incorporate traditional knowledge systems in our effort to finds a remedy to the pandemic with researches on the use of traditional herbs already underway,” said Dr Moyo.

Traditional medical practitioners have hailed the government’s latest move on traditional knowledge systems.

“We want to thank the government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care for incorporating traditional knowledge systems in the fight against COVID-19,” says the President of the Zimbabwe National Practitioners Association Friday Chisanyu.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed innovations around the world including repurposing drugs, traditional medicines, and developing new therapies in the search for potential treatments for COVID-19.

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