The Ghana Federation of Traditional Medicine Practitioners Associations (GHAFTRAM) says the Ministry of Health has granted a directive for the 25 herbal medicines they submitted for the treatment of COVID-19 to be sent to Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine for testing.
President of GHAFTRAM Mr William Kojo Odum Eduful, told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that some of the medicines are already Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) approved drugs serving as immune boosters.
But we have added some new ones to the already existing ones which they believe would go a long way in treating those who have tested positive for the virus.
GHAFTRAM in March this year presented 25 drug samples, which they believe are potent to treat the coronavirus to the health authorities for testing and examination by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
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The 25 drugs including sanitizers, traditional and herbal medicines were presented to the Ministry of Health for examination and testing to establish their efficacy for Ghanaians.
A total of 50,719 persons have been tested with 641 being positive for COVID-19.
The breakdown of the 641 positive cases are as follows: seventeen (17) have been treated, reverted to negative on repeat tests and discharged. Furthermore, 66 have tested negative once and awaiting second test.
This brings together a total of 83 cases that have been recovered / discharged. 548 cases have been categorised as mild disease and are on treatment, two (2) are categorized as moderate to severe cases, none in critical state currently and eight (8) have died.
The five (5) new cases were recorded in the following locations; one from Adenta Municipality and two (2) each from Ayawaso East and Ayawaso Central Municipalities.
With the exception of one of the cases from Ayawaso East, all the new cases are asymptomatic. Contacts of the new cases are being listed for follow up.
Of the 641 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 268 were reported from two from the routine surveillance, 258 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers who were previously under mandatory quarantine in Accra and Tamale.
Regions that have reported cases are Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Western, Volta, Northern, North East, Upper East, and Upper West regions.