epa-efeBy Akintunde Akinleye Lagos, Nigeria

Herbal remedies provided by so-called “traditional healers” have long been popular in Nigeria, often more so than conventional Western medicine, and these carers have been overwhelmed by the number of people seeking their services during the pandemic.

In Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city, most of these practitioners believe that if traditional knowledge and clinical trials of herbs were properly harnessed then diseases such as Covid-19 could be treated locally.