Dr Sheikh Amin Bonsu, Chief Executive Officer of Amen Scientific Herbal Hospital, has called on the government to effectively collaborate with herbal and alternative health medicine practitioners in finding lasting solutions to COVID-19.
He said regulatory authorities must act promptly in making decisions that would save Ghana and the rest of the world from the COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that some practitioners in the herbal and alternative medicine practice since the outbreak of the pandemic have been doing their best to develop herbal medicines that would help manage the virus and its symptoms.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Dr Bonsu, who is also a leading player in the herbal medicine practice indicated that his outfit had some medications already in use before COVID-19 that was used for the treatment of similar symptoms.
He said the microbial, phytochemical, sub-toxicity and chronic toxicity tests have been carried out on these drugs by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Centre for Plant Medicine Research, and approved by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
The medicines are Amen Chestico for cough and common cold (Flu) and Amen Fevermix for malaria to help manage the other symptoms.
He was optimistic that these two medications from his facility, which have been approved by the FDA and was already in use to treat similar symptoms could help manage the virus.
He noted that his facility had successfully managed the conditions of some three persons in Ghana and abroad who were in self-isolation and complained of symptoms of COVID-19, with these medications and they were relieved of the symptoms within two hours.
“The fact that these medications were already in use, have been approved by the FDA, and also because since the outbreak, people with similar symptoms of COVID-19 have used it and it worked, we can give it a try.”
According to Dr Bonsu, samples of these herbal and alternative medications have been submitted to the Ministry of Health, through the Traditional Medicine Directorate, and documents have also been submitted to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Scientific Research for further testing on their efficacy.
“We believe that these medications which worked for these persons can effectively help manage the symptoms exhibited by COVID-19 patients and improve their healing process.”
Dr Bonsu, therefore, appealed to the government to collaborate with us in this regard in finding a lasting remedy for COVID-19, and called on scientists to quickly investigate and promote the use of these medicines to help save mankind.
It is worth noting that, even if the medicines are not able to eliminate the virus, the fact that it could manage the symptoms within the shortest possible time and give relief to patients was a breakthrough.
“There is no time to delay if we have such medications. We must come together and collaborate, expedite processes and by God’s grace we would find a lasting solution to this pandemic, to save Ghana and the world.