Speaking during a discussion and the ongoing 8th Tanzania health summit (THS) in Dodoma, the director of the Institute of Traditional Medicine at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) Dr Joseph Otieno said the role of traditional medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic has been evident, but there was need for more research to be done.
According to Dr Otieno more research should be done so that results can be used to contain other viral diseases in the future as there are all signs of others coming.
“Plants have chemicals which can deactivate the process of COVID-19 virus penetrating the human body, therefore we need to validate the current remedies but conduct more studies in the long run,” he said.
For her part, Special Seats Member of Parliament Neema Lugangira said the Parliament has also taken part in intensifying the war against the pandemic adding that the recent received 1.3trn/- loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was an evidence of such initiatives as it went through the National Assembly.
Country Representative for Engender Health Tanzania, Prudence Masako said there is need for collective efforts in the war against the pandemic adding that involvement of the private sector was pivotal in this aspect.
“The Public Private Partnership (PPP) can be used as a tool to fight against the pandemic because this means putting together resources,” she said.
The Chief Medical Officer Dr Aifelo Sichwale said the government is now educating the public on the importance of vaccinating but also medical research which is the main source of solutions to challenges affecting the sector.
“Even COVID-19 vaccine is a result of research and in this regard we need to strengthen research institutions to ensure that they carry this task effectively,” he said.
He said there is a need to come up with resolutions which must be presented to the ministry for actions as the summit has been very instrumental in shaping ideas but also finding solutions to challenges.