Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, the Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on indigenous medicine practice says a native doctor with fake Coronavirus drugs have been discovered in the state.
Our correspondent learnt from the medical expert that the said traditional medicine man had gone around claiming that he had found cure for Coronavirus disease.
The governor’s aide said, “We got news that there is a herbal practitioner who discovered a cure for Covid19. On arrival, I saw some concoctions and others. We got his consent and picked some of the drugs for research.” He however pointed out that at the moment there was no indigenous medicine that had cure for viral diseases such Coronavirus, Lassa Fever and others.
Ibezim explained that his office was working round the clock to regulate indigenous medicine practice in the state, noting that most of the herbal medicine practitioners mixed some orthodox medicine with herbs in a bid to produce drugs for Coronavirus but when such drugs were subjected to laboratory testing, it proved impotent and ineffective.
Although he acknowledged that governnent was on red alert to contain any public health emergencies, he stressed that viral infections have no definite cure.
He said one of the ways to prevent the escalation of viral diseases was through self-quarantine and maintaining a clean healthy environment.
Ibezim stated that the country could fight any viral infections the same way it fought the Ebola virus to a standstill. He said it’s a collective responsibility and all hands must be on deck in the fight against Covid19 and other terminal infections.