The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that it has had a meeting with 70 traditional medicine experts as parts of the organisation's efforts in developing a cure for the COVID-19 virus.
This was disclosed by the organisation's African Region on Twitter.
It said that it agrees with the herbal experts on clinical trials of their traditional drugs.
The organisation tweeted, “70 traditional medicine experts from countries across #Africa held a virtual meeting with @WHO on the role of traditional medicine in the #COVID19 response.
“They unanimously agreed that clinical trials must be conducted for all medicines in the Region, without exception.”
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The President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, had earlier criticised the World Health Organisation of ignoring the possibilities of local drugs for the cure of coronavirus.
During an interview with French media, Andry said, “If it wasn’t Madagascar, and if it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt? I don’t think so.”
The WHO had said that the use of COVID-Organics, developed in Madagascar, as a cure for the disease was not definitive, as it had not been clinically tested and could not be approved for use.
Although, Madagascar had asserted that the drug, gotten from artemisia was effective in the treatment of the disease.
Some countries like Niger, Tanzania, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea had made orders for the drugs.
Also, Nigeria’s president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved the importation of the remedy.