COVID-19: Subject 25 herbal drugs submitted to strict testing-Expert

Public Health Physician and Consultant, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie has welcomed the news that the Ghana Federation of Traditional Medicine Practitioners Associations (GHAFTRAM) has submitted 25 herbal medicines for testing and subsequent use for the coronavirus treatment.

The medical practitioner and MP for Sefwi Wiawso advised for the medicines to be subjected to strict scientific testing.

He told host Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, some of the orthodox medicines we use are from herbal preparations and the important thing is that we have to subject them to strict testing.

He, however, noted that the methods used by herbal practitioners are not effective, opening the floodgate for more people to practice without any form of regulation.

He stressed on the point of being excited at the news but called for the drugs presented to be tested.

As at the morning of 25 March 2020, a total of sixty-eight (68) cases including two (2) deaths have been confirmed.

Sixty-six (66) of these confirmed cases are being managed in isolation.

The sudden spike in case incidence is as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory testing for all travelers entering Ghana, as directed by the president. Overall, 30 of the 68 cases have been reported in the general population with the remaining 38 cases among persons currently under mandatory quarantine. As of 24 March, total of 1,030 persons are under mandatory quarantine; samples from 863 of them have been tested and 38 confirmed positive. 

Great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationalities namely: Norway, Lebanon, China and UK. 

In respect of contact tracing, a total of 829 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. 

Total of 826 contacts have been enlisted and being tracked. Nineteen (19) people have completed the 14 days of mandatory follow up.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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