The National President of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) His Royal Highness, Chief Dr Omon T Oleabhiele has blamed the media for the hype and fear created in the wake of covid-19, saying that the disease is everything but novel.
Oleabhiele also described the disease as one that has always been around, but has a known, common solution. He also regretted the neglect of African traditional alternative medicine by established medical authorities arguing that the case of covid-19 in the world would not have been so bad if traditional practitioners weren’t so ignored and relegated to the background.
Oleabhiele, while speaking to Jungle Journalist Media Limited in an exclusive interview, berated the World Health Organization, and Nigerian medical authorities for their refusal to do extensive research in African medicine, but said that one day, the world will be on its knees because of this neglect.
He said “When you say Covid-19 medicine, we have always had its medicine. It is an old disease, but Covid-19 is just a new name. There is no new sickness in the world. This very Covid-19 is called nwonwobuzeri in Esan, the sickness whose cause is mysterious. If a person nears a sufferer of the illness, he will catch the sickness. If children sleep in the same bed together, or if mother sleep with the children, after a while the mother will suffer it.
“It is malaria remedy that is made complete, boiled and used as hydro-therapy. Hydro-therapy is when you steam the medicine, you cover yourself with thick clothes to inhale the steam from the medicine, then the evaporation of the boiled medicine will go into the blood metabolism of your body. It will neutralize the congealed cold, and you will sweat them out and become very okay.
“The eyes that were red, the headache, the cough and cattarh will disappear. That is it. It’s called nwonwobuzeri, but there was no electronic media, there was no radio or television, there was no social media to create propaganda, highlight or exaggerate it. People treated and cured it, its not new. Traditional doctors should be invited and formed into a group. When this one came, we would have been with the government, but they exaggerated and brought so many stories. The story is that you cannot hold meeting above 20 people, all the states locked up, you cannot travel, then nobody should claim that he treated it. Nobody should also treat the case but refer to government. Who wants to become an enemy of the government?
“Government is next to God so we are handcuffed. But if we continue to do that, even though the other countries have told their citizens to stay indoors and Nigeria wants to follow suit, Nigeria does not want to learn that we must not continue to be sheepish users of the inventions and medicines of the Western world. But it is a time for us to contribute to the inventions of the medicinal drugs that will heal mankind and improve the economical situation in the globe. If that is done, Nigeria will be better for it, and our people will be happy, so the president should form a research group which must be sponsored”.
Responding to questions about the neglect of African alternatives in the fight against Coronavirus, the octogenarian doctor narrated the story of Chinese acupuncture and the WHO:
“When Qikdosun was discovered to be very good for malaria, which they turned to acupuncture in China, it was taken to the World Health Organization for analysis and exhibition, the WHO refuted the discovery and said that nobody should discuss it.
“The people continued and they said, alright. If you cannot use it alone, use it with English medicine. And they described it as a system that is very confusing and bad. They said that if you use it on its own, it’s not good. If you use it with other medicines, it’s so bad, and it needed to be discarded.
“But Chairman Mao Tse Tsung, leader of the Peoples Republic of China brought out grants and told the Chinese acupuncturists to continue. He gave them grants to develop their own healing homes, and so many professors joined them to analyse and write about the practise. All the professors who were working on traditional medicine were also given grants. Five years later, 55 big libraries were built in China where acupuncture papers were stored.
“Sicknesses that defied western medicine were healed, and they saw that even when you use it with other medicine, a faster result is always achieved. Then the WHO said that it must not be used started sending medical experts to China to study acupuncture.
“So if traditional medicine is said to be unreliable by the WHO, then congratulations. That is the cap we want to wear, we will now bring out the people that we treated, and when that SIB (seeing is believing) comes up, when the people we treat are well, more well than the people who take western medicines, then WHO will send people to us to come and learn it.
“Madagascar is one of the African countries. It is the fourth largest island in the world, with about 11 million people. They use artemisia to produce malaria remedy, and the remedy has treated 109 Covid-19 patients.
“There has been no reports of any death. Its a feat, and in Nigeria we have medicine that works either better than that, or as good as that.
” We only need encouragement, but unfortunately, it is not an added feather but a minus to say to people that Nigeria is 60 years old as an independent nation. Since 1960, no president, even though they are all very knowledgeable, have been able to set up a research body to discover the efficacy of traditional medicine in our land. No one. A country that has no research body is not looking for a bright future. There must be a research body”, he insisted.