-Says NPHIL Boss Dr. Fallah
By Mark N. Mengonfia
The government of Liberia has received a consignment of herbs from Madagascar intended to fight against the coronavirus or COVID-19.
The herbs arrived in Liberia on Monday May 4, 2020 and was received by Liberian President, George M. Weah at the Roberts International Airport ( RIA) in Margibi County.
The herbs from Madagascar is a trial consignment intended to be used on those who are currently tested positive of COVID-19 in the Liberian Republic.
Till now, the World Health Organization is yet to approve the usage of the herbs from Madagascar.
But speaking via a phone conversation on Truth FM, the Director of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia ( NPHIL), Dr. Mosoka Fallah said “this is good news for West Africa and Liberia.”
Dr. Fallah said the herbs that was used by Madagascar has a long history and it has also been used for malaria drugs years ago.
“This same drugs was called fever leaf because it was used to treat fever,” Dr. Fallah said.
He said the herbs is not a strange herbs, it has been used before adding “this is why I want us give it a trial.” Additionally, he said Liberia is not running into it blindly, there are cases that were treated from the herbs in Madagascar.
When he was asked if the herbs will be tested by the Ministry of Health before it can be taken by Liberians, Dr Fallah said the herbs is in a more refined form stressing that it is not a new herbs, but they are going to allow volunteers to have it tested in Liberia.
According to the NPHIL boss, there are over 50 years of methods used to combine both Western and African medicines to treat sicknesses in the world.
“When I grown up in Liberia we all drank kojologbo, which was not made medicine,” he said
Kojologbo as used is a traditional medicine used by Liberians to treat malaria and other sicknesses and it is given in judge quantity.
Dr. Fallah went on to say that Liberians can not forsake traditional dedication.
Currently, Liberia has 166 confirmed cases, 58 recoveries and 18 deaths, this according to the Liberian health authorities.