Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has revealed where to find the cure for COVID-19 and other deadly diseases.
The monarch reiterated that the cure for COVID-19 and other diseases is in “our backyard if we look inwards.”
Oba Ogunwusi disclosed this at a media briefing in Lagos on the occasion of Africa Traditional Medicine Day. The day coincided with the formal launching of the Pan-African Foundation for Traditional Medical Research and Development (PAFIMERD).
It would be recalled that, The World Health Organisation (WHO) has set aside August 31 to celebrate African traditional medicine every year.
The monarch also revealed that herbal medicines are available whose efficacy has been proved by thousands of people who have used the products.
He listed products that have been submitted to NAFDAC for registration including immune booster against COVID-19 and other diseases.
The immune booster is of the series of herbal remedies developed under the aegis of the Pan African Foundation for Indigenous Medical Research and Development, an initiative by him.
The King, took his audience to a memory lane on the efficacy of herbal medicine.
”Before I became the Ooni of Ife, I used to have a lot of headache because I worked a lot. But when I became king, the responsibilities were like 10 times more. What I did then was to change to herbal products that I inherited on the throne as king.
“I don’t use anything other than traditional products including my sponge. I make my own bath soap right in my palace. We have a section that leads to what we call ‘elewe omo’.
“Ever since I started using traditional products I have never been to the hospital to treat any ailment in five years. If I go for a medical check-up, which is like once in two months, the result turns out fine. So I am a living testimony of the efficacy of local herbal products.”
The royal father said that the current global pandemic of COVID-19 is an opportunity for African traditional medicine researchers to showcase to the world what they are capable of.
“We have always been a pacesetter. History has it that cure for chickenpox and smallpox emanated from Africa. We have done it before and we can do it again.”