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KNUST professor working on herbal Covid-19 treatment dies of the virus

Professor George Koffour

The Professor and Head of Pharmacy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor George Koffour, had died, friends and family revealed to Joy News.

The learned professor, who championed the use of traditional medicine in Ghana, is reported to have died of Covid-19 complications.

“George had led the charge thorough the KNUST to support government efforts in research and accreditation of some of the popular alternative herbal medications we have on our selves today. With his passing today Ghana has indeed lost a great son and He will be sorely missed by the pharmaceutical fraternity here in Ghana. Please let us keep him and his family in our prayers,” a colleague and associate professor stated on his Facebook page.

The professor was part of a team of medical experts examining a potential herbal drug for the treatment of Covid-19 in Ghana.

Ghana’s urgent current Covid-19 situation

Ghana has so far been added to the list of highly risky countries with a variant of the pandemic.

President Akufo Addo has introduced new restrictions – all weddings, parties, and outdoor events are banned.

The Police survive has also been deployed to clamp down on Ghanaians flouting the mandatory mask-wearing directive. Meanwhile, Ghana is expected to receive its first batch of 2.4 million vaccines by March’ This will spark the first batch of inoculation even as the President aims to inoculate the entire population of 30 million.

Figures from the Ministry of Health show a spike in daily numbers since December – this has been linked to indiscipline, flouting of covid-19 protocols, and the elections.

Already, the Ghana Medical Association has warned the public that “their health is in their own hands” and hospitals get overstretched to deal with the surge of the virus.

Even as government races to curtail the spread of the virus, suspicions of a suppression of Covid-19 data keeps rising. J

ournalists and some medical professionals are doubting the figures being churned by the Ministry of Health as they argue that they (the figures) are in sharp contrast with the reality at various medical facilities.

 

Credit: Yen Ghana

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