Zimbabwe conducts Covid-19 analysis by means of The Chronicle

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Mashudu Netsianda, senior reporter
GOVERNMENT is conducting drug research to develop a locally developed Covid-19 vaccine to combat the spread of the deadly global pandemic.

This was announced by the Minister for Higher Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira, during a question-and-answer session in the Senate recently.

Prof. Murwira’s response followed a question from Chivi-Mwenezi Senator Josiah Hungwe, who wanted to know why Zimbabwe is not putting local herbs together to develop a vaccine against Covid-19.

“Some countries have developed vaccines and we saw your expertise and you were just talking about the other drugs that you developed. Don’t we have scientists and doctors who can develop vaccines? “Asked Sen Hungwe.

“We have Zumbani – can’t you do something so that we can also be on the map of vaccines manufacturing?”

When asked, Prof. Murwira replied that local doctors and scientists are currently doing research in the hopes of developing a vaccine.

“We do intensive research into drugs and bring scientists and doctors with us so that they can develop a vaccine. It is very important for a country to be able to protect itself from hunger, disease, poverty and other challenges, ”he said.

“All of this can be achieved through research. I promise you that we will not be 100 percent successful and that is why it is called research, but keep looking, you will see. This country will prosper and move forward. “

Prof. Murwira said one of the country’s universities had already developed Umsuzwane / Zumbani cough drops.
“This will come from only one thing, and that is a desire to move forward. We do that. I can’t tell everything in this house, but something is going on, ”he said.

“I saw that one of our universities in Mutare, Africa University, developed Zumbani cough drops. There are many things that we do with Zumbani. Just keep looking and I can’t go into details, but something is coming. “

Consuming traditional herbs and steaming have become popular home remedies for Covid-19, which killed 1,432 people in Zimbabwe on Saturday.

Social media platforms are peppered with news about the effectiveness of Covid-19 home remedies such as steaming with Umsuzwane / Zumbane, guava, mango or gum tree leaves as well as drinking ginger, garlic and lemon preparations.

After vaping, most people drink the mixes when they’ve cooled down. Although there is no scientific evidence that the home remedies work, many people who have recovered from the pandemic have confirmed the use of the home remedies, and some believe that the same remedies were able to protect themselves from infection.

Steaming with traditional herbs at least twice a day is mandated by proponents of indigenous knowledge systems.

Although scientific research says nothing about the effectiveness of these remedies, traditionalists say that such remedies have been used for centuries, even before modern medicine appeared.

According to the Ministry of Health and Childcare, around 80 percent of Zimbabweans use traditional medicines, which continue to play an important role in meeting the basic health needs of local communities. – @mashnets

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