The Passionate Africa Leadership Institute (PALI) on Tuesday called on government to engage the indigenous herbal medicine practitioners as the nation and the world search for a cure for the global pandemic, COVID-19.
The Institute believes the indigenous medicines with their allied research institutes could be the solution to the containment of the pandemic noting that at this point, all solutions must be brought on board.
Mr Frank Paa Kumi, the Founding President of PALI in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said the Institute observed that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had engaged a number of interest bodies towards finding lasting solution to the pandemic.
He said although President Akufo-Addo met the Ghana Medical Association, Pharmaceutical Association of Ghana, and a lot of critical stakeholders including; political parties, he did not have high level engagements with traditional medical practitioners.
Mr Paa Kumi said most of the African herbal medicines were potent, but the limitation was the non-extensive nature of research into their nature and effectiveness.
He identified Dr Samuel Ato Duncan, the Executive President of the Centre of Awareness Global Peace Mission, who recently developed the COA FS, a potential cure for the HIV/AIDS, which could be engaged, adding that it would be curious for government to engage him.
He added that there was also Oheneba Ntim Barima, an advocate of natural health, whom the government could also engage for solutions to the pandemic as well as the Centre for Plant Medicine Research in Akropong.
He however commended President Akufo-Addo for demonstrating a high level leadership in combating, controlling and containing the coronavirus disease and its spread through the number of measures and interventions.
He called on the government to, call the security agencies to avoid exertion of force and humiliation of the citizens in their effort to ensure strict adherence to control measures given by the government.
Mr Paa Kumi urged Government to allow the security operatives to enforce in full the law to deal with citizens who did not see the urgency of the situation of staying at home.