Government is about to authorize the famous traditional Zumbani to treat coronavirus patients but however health experts are skeptical and are urging extreme caution.
Government Ministers on Tuesday during a post-Cabinet press briefing announced that they have embraced the model.
”What we have done is to embrace what we call the tripe model. What it means is a more concerted effort towards research and innovation,
”As part of the research and innovation, we will begin research of traditional medicines, and as you probably know with Covid-19, there has been a lot of talk about Zumbani,” Said the Industry Minister, Sekai Nzenza.
She added that the ministry of higher Education is working on Zumbani in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.
”So Zumbani is one of the traditional herbal plants in Zimbabwe which already the Ministry of Higher Education is working on.” She said.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvagwa added the major challenge affecting the pharmaceutical sector was low production as a result of the use of antiquated equipment and limited innovation for new technology.
”The objectives of the (pharmaceutical manufacturing) strategy are to increase the market share of local pharmaceutical products from the current 12% to 35% by 2025.” Mutsvagwa said.
Minister Mutsvangwa added that in order for the pharmaceutical sector to increase production, government institutions would be encouraged to procure pharmaceutical products from local manufacturers.
263times is yet to speak to Doctor Matara for more information .