Cameroon Archbishop Claims His Unverified Remedy Treats #COVID19

The Catholic Archbishop of Douala metropolitan archdiocese has claimed that his Covid-19 treatment protocol had cured an unspecified number of coronavirus patients in several countries in Africa, Europe and America.

Monsignor Samuel Kleda claimed in a press conference in Douala on Thursday that he has treated COVID-19 patients with a concoction of local herbs. This claim remains unverified by both the Cameroonian health authorities and other relevant international health agencies.

According to the Catholic prelate, “from March to August 2020, 9,071 patients have benefited from the protocol both in Cameroon and externally notably in the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Zambia, Gabon, etc.”

“The protocol thus efficaciously treats the coronavirus within the respect of standardisation and fabrication norms. The mixture is not toxic and does not produce any secondary effects. No patient has ever presented any malaise after taking the treatment. It should be observed that no death has been registered within patients who have taken medicine. Even patients on respiratory assistance have been saved,” the Archbishop claimed.

As he has repeated over the past several weeks, “We have defeated the Covid-19 in Cameroon. My team and I henceforth envisage orienting the protocol towards taking charge of other pathologies without normally forgetting of the coronavirus”, the prelate declared.

Contrary to the cleric’s claims, the current Covid-19 situation in the country stands at 20,009 declared cases, 18,837 cases successfully treated, and 415 deaths. The government also declared that it could not say the country has defeated the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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