Emerging report indicates that there is a possibility that traditional medicine could be the way to go, to tackle the coronavirus in Nigeria.
This is as the Federal Government continues to make efforts to curb the spread of the deadly virus in the country, and even find a lasting solution to the pandemic.
In Lagos State which has become the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria, the State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has hinted that investigations will be carried out in that regard.
Abayomi, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Saturday, noted that the State is pushing very hard to explore traditional medication for Covid-19.
He said this while explaining some tips on how to recover from the flu, or even the COVID-19.
His words: “Of course, you can support yourself with a good diet, good food, and lots of natural therapies, and that is one thing that we are pushing very hard in Lagos, our traditional medicine.
“We have a Traditional Medicine Board, a Traditional Medicine Research Committee, and I believe that there are several natural therapies that we need to investigate.”
Another important remedy according to the Commissioner, is adequate sleep.
He added: “One of the best ways to raise your immune system, is sleep. As the body rests, it allows the immunity to do its job.
“If you get sick with the flu or with coronavirus, the best thing is to stay in bed and get lot of rest, and allow your body’s energy to be consumed by the immune system which is trying to do the curing”, he stated.
With the traditional remedies, however, Abayomi raised concerns that issues such as deforestation and a destroyed ecosystem, may have limited the nation’s ability to explore the option of herbs, saying: “We have a whole ecosystem of plants and herbs, if we have not destroyed them all by our wanton deforestation, we would have access to a lot of therapies from the environment that we could test out.
“Destroying the ecosystem is what is causing these zoonotic events, and its depriving us of our natural heritage to find traditional solutions to these problems.”