Lagos State government has discharged 143 patients following recovery, while 19 deaths have been reported from a total of 844 confirmed cases as at 28th April 2020. The search for local solutions to COVID-19 by some individuals has begun since its discovery in the state. Some of the local solutions include herbal therapies, teas, essential oils and mixtures. There is no scientific evidence that any of these local solutions can prevent or cure the illness caused by COVID-19.
In an advocacy statement of Governor Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor on Sunday April 6th 2020, through his twitter handle, after he had tested positive to COVID-19, he wrote that “we have been advocating for local solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic in Oyo state.”
Makinde believed that since Nigerians had their ways of dealing with flu, catarrh and cough differently from the Western world, local solutions would be the best way to win the fight against COVID-19. He added that he won his battle with the deadly disease, with the use of local solutions that were provided for him by his friend, Dr. Muyideen Olatunji.
“My very good friend and brother, Dr. Muyideen Olatunji, is the one in charge of the Primary Healthcare for Oyo State. He came to me and said, look, I am going to send to you this black seed oil, it boosts immunity.
“So I mix it with honey and take one teaspoon in the morning and one in the evening. So, there are local solutions to boost immunity. So, our people should not fret. Just as I have been able to get the virus out of my system, so will it be for majority of our people,” He said.
The feasibility that Lagosians will adhere to all preventive measures of COVID-19 – stay home as much as possible, keep a six foot distance from others, wash hands often, use facemask – will be nearly impossible. The outcry for relaxing the lockdown imposed on the state by President Muhamadu Buhari would expose more Lagosians to the virus which will eventually result to more positive cases of COVID-19.
Already, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, on his twitter handle @OoniAdimulaIfe, had proffered some herbal solutions that can be used to cure COVID-19. In a series of tweets, he said the concoction is based on a mix of bitter leaves, neem leaves and seeds, sulfur, black pepper and cloves which are powerful antioxidants that can be used to flush the system of harmful virus.
He claims that this unique herbal mix had been tested on himself and others with the Coronavirus and therefore calls on researchers to use natural herbs to produce a vaccine.
In a chat with a Lagos based alternative therapist, Dr. Oyeyemi Yusuf, who boasted of his ability to treat COVID-19. He said though he has not come in contact with anyone with the virus, but he trusted his knowledge in herbal mixture and would treat any patient.
Yusuf said “I can cure coronavirus, if you know anyone with the virus bring him/her to me. I have what it takes to treat the person. I have treated more severe diseases like asthma, Tuberculosis, Epilepsy among others. Coronavirus is not as difficult as it is being portrayed by the government.
A medical doctor who works in a private hospital in Lagos, who wants to be known as Dr. Festus, negates the assertions that local solutions can prevent and treat coronavirus.
He said ” For the 80% of people that will have a mild to moderate illness when contracting COVID-19, it’s fluids, rest and recover. Take your temperature every day and treat fevers, that means a temperature greater than 100.5 degrees, for the 20% that get severe or critically sick; They are going to need the best care they can get and if they develop further disease, perhaps hospitalization.
“If you are older, or have cardiac issues, or lung issues, or just have had a chronic illness, like diabetes for decades, you will be at greater risk of getting more sick than the average person. However, daily consumption of some fruits would boost your immune system and help you fight the virus.”
By Ife Adewole