A Nigerian scholar, Prof. Anthony Elujoba, has urged the federal government to try herbal alternatives in treating victims of COVID-19 in the country.
Elujoba was acting Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and is a professor of Pharmacognosy at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the university.
He said a statement he released on that the federal government should create isolation/treatment centres where patients who choose to be treated with alternative medicine would be attended to all over the country, warning that he was not advocating for witchcraft and occultism.
He argued that the spread and death rate occasioned by COVID-19 should “push us to alternative actions before too late.”
“We read on a daily basis testimonies of several patients from here and elsewhere of COVID-19 including chief executives in governments using or talking about herbal options, one president has spoken publicly on herbal cure.
“ … It is time for dividends of the past expenditures on herbal development and time to start proactive herbal research on these emerging diseases.”