In April, there were some doubts when Archbishop Samuel Kleda of the Catholic Archdiocese of Douala in Cameroon announced that he had found a cure for COVID-19.
Now with nearly 15,000 infected and more than 11,500 recovered in the country, Bishop Kleda says his unique herbal cure has treated about 1,500 sick patients who have come to him to try his remedy since April.
In Cameroon, Most Reverend Samuel Kleda, the Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Douala, has produced a mixture of plants that is said to have cured some Coronavirus patients.
He has been in the study of plants for over 30 years.
– Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) April 25, 2020
In Cameroon, Monsignor Samuel Kleda, archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Douala, has produced a plant concoction that he says has cured some coronavirus patients.
He has been studying plants for more than 30 years.
The prelate says that he cares for patients who suffer respiratory problems after testing positive for the virus.
Hundreds rush for Archbishop's herbal # COVID19 ‘Cure’ in #Cameroon. The popularity of Archbishop Samuel Kleda's alleged #herbal cure has prompted some authorities to try to make the treatment more widely available https://t.co/yCBinjbJeg #health pic.twitter.com/UzFNSPwCiT
– The Observer (@observerug) May 3, 2020
Hundreds rush to seek the archbishop's herbal “cure” for COVID-19 in Cameroon. The popularity of Archbishop Samuel Kleda's alleged herbal cure has pushed some authorities to try to expand the availability of the treatment.
“We receive people with respiratory distress, and after 24 hours they breathe normally again,” Bishop Kleda told Cameroon state media CRTV on July 7.
Bishop Kleda, who has studied herbal plants for 30 years, says he is collaborating with the country's Ministry of Health to expand the reach of his medically, a traditional plant brew.
In early June, he officially gave it the name “Elixir COVID”:
Douala Archbishop, Samuel Kleda has publicly named his COVID-19 treatment.
In Douala today, I've called the herbal treatments Elixir Covid and Adsak Covid.
Archbishop Kleda's move comes days after meeting the PM who promised government support for the treatment.
– Mimi Mefo Info (@MimiMefoInfo) June 5, 2020
Douala Archbishop Samuel Kleda has publicly named his treatment for COVID-19.
Today, he called his herbal treatment Elixir Covid and Adsak Covid.
Archbishop Kleda's passage comes days after meeting with the prime minister, who promised government support for the treatment.
“I work with the Ministry of Public Health. We are analyzing the medications and the symptoms that the patients can perceive, ”he said.
Although herbal treatment is still under investigation, Dr. Gilbert Kameni of the Archdiocese of Douala Health Center told CRIV that he believes the alleged remedy is “efficient in treating coronavirus.”
The Cameroonian Parliament has recognized the use of traditional medicines to curb COVID-19 and has urged the Government to invest in research into possible treatments.
In late May, the Prime Minister tweeted:
Le Gouvernement accompanies the recherche of local solutions, in droit fil des indications fortes du @PR_Paul_BIYA du 19 mai 2020: “J’encourage également tous les efforts visant à mettre au point un traitement endogène du # COVID19. “#PaulBiya#BiyaSpeech# StopCOVID19#Cameroun https://t.co/Y4RQ9sgVJA
– Cameroon PM Cameroun (@ CameroonPm237) May 27, 2020
At the instruction of the President of Cameroon, Paul Byla, Mr. Dion Goute received Monsignor Samuel Kleda, Metropolitan Archbishop of Douala, promoter of a cure for COVID-19. The naturopathic prelate claims that he has successfully cured about 1500 patients in the past three months.
The Government supports the search for local solutions, in line with the strong recommendations of the President of Cameroon Paul Byla of May 19, 2020: “I also promote all efforts to develop endogenous treatments for COVID-19. Paul Biya. Biya's speech. Cameroon.
However, in May, the government also released a statement “warning the quacks who claim they can try COVID-19 to financially exploit people who are suffering or worried about the virus.”
The World Health Organization for the Africa region says there is no cure for coronavirus yet. However, “it supports scientifically proven traditional medicine.
Cameroon is one of the sub-Saharan African countries most affected by COVID-19, despite tests being carried out on just under 150,000 of its 26 million inhabitants.
The World Health Organization warns that the few tests done in Africa could lead to a “silent epidemic”.