Mgr Samuel Kleda, Archbishop of Douala says he has successfully treated 3,000 Covid-19 patients with his herbal treatment. "Based on statistics, the number of people who have undergone this treatment and who are cured as we speak is at least 3000. And, there is no death among all those who received the treatment and followed it normally," he said at a June 5 press conference in the economic metropolis.
During the conference, the prelate unveiled the official names of the two products that make up his treatment against the new coronavirus: Elixir Covid and Adsak Covid. These are already registered with the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI), the bishop and herbalist said.
These products are currently available in the four Catholic hospitals in Douala (Littoral) and the diocesan health coordinations of Yaoundé (Centre), Bafoussam (West), Bertoua (East), Bamenda (North-West), Buea (South-West) and Garoua (North). They can also be found in private hospitals that have requested them, we learn. Bishop Kleda's wish is that they should be available in all regions to treat the greatest number of people.
In Cameroon, the care protocol put in place by clinicians for the treatment of Covid-19 positive patients is built around chloroquine, or more precisely its derivative, hydroxychloroquine. However, the country remains open to an endogenous solution to treat patients, like Madagascar with its Covid-Organics. This is the reason the government decided to support the Archbishop of Douala.
Following instructions from the Head of State, the Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute, received Bishop Kleda in an audience on May 26, in Yaounde to discuss this support. At the end of April, a team from the Ministry of Public Health (Minsanté) met with the Archbishop of Douala to evaluate his "remedy" and to work in collaboration with him.
"We are in contact with the Minsanté. It monitors everything we do. We have presented them with samples and are awaiting their suggestions," confided the former president of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (CENC), according to the government daily Cameroon tribune.
However, public authorities are cautious, especially since the effectiveness of this anti-Covid-19 "remedy" has not yet been scientifically proven. Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns against untested "local remedies." According to official figures released on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Cameroon has 8,681 positive cases of coronavirus, including 4,836 recovered and 208 deaths.