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Medicine by Angels, by Christopher Aniedobe

If you appreciate African medicine, you would be offended by the contemptuous manner the World Health Organization and the Western world dismissed Covid Organics, claimed by Malagasy Scientists as efficacious in the treatment of Covid 19.

Long before aseptic and antiseptic techniques were discovered and established as the gold standard in medicine and surgery in the Western world, my great grandfather, Okeke Aniedobe, born circa 1850 had already perfected steam antisepsis which he applied routinely in myomectomies. He didn’t know anything about the germ theory of diseases nor had he any training in anatomy and surgery, but here he was performing complex gynecological procedures.

By today’s standards, he would have won two Nobel prizes in medicine, one for pioneering antiseptic surgery and the other for perfecting myomectomy, a technique used in removing fibroids, a nonmalignant growth in the uterine walls.

Yet chances are that Okeke was not the first traditional African healer to use steam antisepsis nor to perform myomectomy.

What is interesting is that he had no formal training in medicine nor surgery, yet performed complex medical procedures.

For million of years, African science kept the human race alive until they began to evolve in other parts of the world, yet African science continues to be derided by the West. In their world view, Africans are not supposed to be making discoveries and so a lot of discoveries made by Africans either had to be rediscovered or else validated by Western Scientists or else buried in a rubble of prejudice.

Ironically, African traditional healing was the stuff of angels. The elevated spirituality of authentic African traditional healers put them in a realm where they learnt and perfected their art from angels of God.

Okeke Aniedobe didn’t charge for his surgeries. He had received a gift for humanity and he had a mandate to offer it free of charge. But that is anticaptalist as far as Western thinking went. Anything of value had to be costly or it had no value.

But dibias, as African traditional healers are called in Igboland, were gifted and talented, and the authentic ones simply listened to the angels and did as they were told. They didn’t have to go to medical school, formally or informally. You don’t become a dibia by following a dibia. The spirits chose whom they will and directed them. A dibia in his element seems other worldly detached as he communes and takes direction from his spiritual guides.

By Western thought anyone who sees and hears and feels what others don’t is schizophrenic and should be treated as mad. And so they consigned African traditional healers to mad man’s corner, discredited their contributions to humanity, and then began to rediscover everything they had taught humanity free of charge.

Fast forward to Covid Organics. Malagasy scientists were not even the first to discover that wormwood plant had antiviral properties. They were the first to discover that wormwood had anti corona viral properties which is a Nobel Laureate worthy discovery in itself.

And by the way, wornwood had been used safely for centuries in the treatment of malaria and other diseases. With the response that greeted Covid organics, you would think that Malagasy was going to wipe out humanity.

No one is asking the West not to rediscover Covid organics and do whatever tests they feel is appropriate. And I am not claiming that Covid organics is specifically the product of angelic revelation. I am saying that long standing practice and record of keeping humanity alive in Africa for millions of years deserves a whole lot more respect than Malagasy scientists got.

With the way alternative therapies are being shut down in favor of vaccine and the warp speed with which Covid vaccine is being pursued, it is becoming increasingly clear that humanity needs angelic intervention before big pharma wipes us out. Roughly four out of every 100 kids in the West falls within the autistic spectrum and the link to vaccines is compelling. Western medicine is taking humanity to the cliff and we should pause and listen to what the angels are saying.

Nigerian government to approve local herbs to battle coronavirus – Minister

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, told the House of Representatives on Tuesday, that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, is open to the possibility of using local herbs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, but insisted that the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development must first certify any such remedy.

The Minister who made the disclosure when the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefed members of the House of Representatives, also said it was wrong for hospitals to turn back patients as a result of fear of COVID-19.

He said the government was not ruling out the possibility of using local herbs for the treatment of COVID-19, adding that what the government was saying was that those who claim to have found cure should subject it to test by the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development.

He said local herbs can be categorised unto drugs that can cure the virus or those that can reduce the symptoms, adding that the body must be able to build the required antibodies to neutralise the virus.

Ehanire said “before now, it was said that Chloroquine can destroy the virus. But test are still going on in that regard. We have to test the efficacy of local drugs to see if it can kill or virus and also to find out that is in the process of killing the virus, it can affect the body. So, the Institute will carry out the required test on the local drugs find out how it”.

He warned that doing so may result to another round of national health emergency since leaving other ailments unattended to can be fatal.

The Minister also said many people who are infected with the virus may not display any symptom and may innocently be infecting others with it, explaining that this explains the need for self-isolation and staying at home.

He said those without symptom are capable of transferring the virus to others with less immunity and this is dangerous. The solution is to keep everybody in isolation.

While describing the situation in Kano as a sad, he said the Nigerian government is currently participating in various research to find a solution to the pandemic.

He, however, dismissed claims that the mysterious death in Kano was caused by COVID-19, adding that the PTF was still waiting for the result of tests carried out in Kano and therefore was not in a position to attribute the cause of death in the state to the pandemic.

He said the statement attributed to the PTF team leader in Kano was completely false, adding that the PTF will be able to make a comprehensive statement on the Kano situation once the test results are out.

He also dismissed fears that relaxing the lockdown may lead to increasing cases of the pandemic as experienced in other countries, stressing that the only way to have reduced figure of COVID-19 is for people to strictly observed all measures put in place.

He said the PTF was in talks with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and some state government on the possibility of producing protective gear locally, adding that as a result of global demand, protective equipment are currently scarce in the global market.

The Minister lamented that some Nigerians were running away from isolation centres while others have refused to report themselves for isolation.

He disclosed that the government has already tried out the Ebola antiretroviral drug recommended by the United States Government for the fight against the pandemic, but was silent on the outcome of such trial in Lagos.

He said most of the infections in some states of the north was as a result of people travelling to such states from Kano, adding that this explained why the restriction on traveling is necessary for now.

The Minister condemned reported cases of patients being turned back from hospitals as a result of fear of the pandemic, adding that the government was sensitising hospitals to the fact that it could be disastrous to ignore other ailments.

Responding to questions on how much has been realised from donations from individuals and corporate bodies the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential task Force, Boss Mustapha, said he was not in a position to disclose such information as the PTF was not directly in charge of the funds which he said is domicile at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Don’t use African traditional medicine for Coronavirus, WHO cautions

The World Health Organization (WHO), on Monday, cautioned against the use of medicinal plants such as Artemisia annua, which have been touted as possible treatments for COVID-19.

The international health agency, in a statement, said while it supports scientifically proven traditional medicine, there is still a need to test for the efficacy and side effects of the newly touted drug.

The new herbal drug received global attention after Madagascar’s president, Andry Rajoelina, announced that his country had gotten a cure for COVID -19.

The herbal mix has not been scientifically tested yet, but many African countries have announced placing orders for it.

Mr Rajoelina, at the official launch of the herbal mix, “Baptised Covid-Organics”, said the tonic is derived from artemisia – a plant with proven efficacy in treating malaria – as well as other indigenous herbs.

It was developed by the Madagascar Institute of Applied Research (IMRA) but has not been tested internationally.

“This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” he said.

While the race to find a potential cure for the virus has been intensified globally, WHO African region said there is still a need to establish the efficacy of herbal drugs through clinical trials.

The organisation said it welcomes innovations around the world, including repurposing drugs, traditional medicines and developing new therapies in the search for potential treatments for COVID-19.

“WHO recognizes that traditional, complementary and alternative medicine has many benefits and Africa has a long history of traditional medicine and practitioners that play an important role in providing care to populations,” it said.

“Medicinal plants, such as Artemisia annua, are being considered as possible treatments for COVID-19 and should be tested for efficacy and adverse side effects,” it added.

According to the statement, even though therapies are derived from traditional practice, it is critical to establish the efficacy and safety.